Semi-Truck Accidents in Southern Illinois
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A recent study by the American Trucking Association reported that by 2014, the transportation industry would employ 110,000 more drivers. The current shortage in skilled truckers could result in overtired and under-trained drivers, creating hazardous conditions on the road for other motor vehicle operators.
Already, high turnover, maintenance, and quality issues plague the commercial trucking industry. It may only get worse, and if you have been involved in a trucking accident in Illinois, you understand what serious issues this could become.
While a car accident may be devastating, commercial trucking accidents in Illinois are almost always devastating, leaving most involved seriously injured or worse, dead. Commercial tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers have more power to move freight and cargo, but this additional power can also cause damage to smaller vehicles.
Further, some trucks lack a fine degree of visibility and the ability to brake effectively on short notice. In 2008, more than 10,000 trucking accidents occurred. In other words, accidents do and will continue to happen.
If you have been involved in an accident involving commercial vehicles, you may need the services of an experienced Southern Illinois truck accident lawyer to ensure you obtain a fair and commensurate settlement.
Protecting Your Interests
Trucking companies know how to protect their interests through their insurance carriers. Insurance adjusters will be on the scene fast. Protect your interests, too, and do not provide any information until you have consulted with a trucking accident attorney in Southern Illinois. Most importantly, make sure the lawyer you retain works for a reputable law firm. All areas of legal practice are unique, and only a specialized trucking accident lawyer can best protect your rights and interests.
How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
Truck accident injury claims are very different from passenger car accidents. This is because truckers are driving while at work, meaning various commercial policies can be in place at the time of your accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires trucking companies to follow specific mandates to reduce the risk of accidents on the road. Commercial truckers do not follow the same rules as drivers. If it is discovered that your accident was caused due to a trucker or a trucking company failing to follow these rules, it is not uncommon for claims like this to reach settlements of over $1 million.
The following factors determine the value of your case:
- Any lost wages due to your injuries
- Total cost of your medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship (if your loved one died in the crash)
- Severity of your injuries
A Higher Standard of Attorney
It takes a knowledgeable and experienced Southern Illinois personal injury attorney to understand all of the rules and regulations that apply to trucks and commercial vehicles and to obtain a proper trucking accident settlement in Illinois. Sam C. Mitchell & Associates employ such lawyers.
We offer free initial consultation and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you the compensation you seek from your Illinois trucking accident lawsuit or settlement.
Contact our law firm's lawyers today either through our convenient online form or call (618) 505-1660. Begin your road to recovery from a trucking accident now.