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Lake Zurich Truck Accident Attorney

Experienced Attorney Helping 18-Wheeler Accident Victims in Lake County

Although we may hear a lot on the news about electric vehicles and sustainable futures, the truth is that the number of diesel-fueled semi-trucks on the road is only set to increase. As people order more and more packages, and the standard of living in the U.S. continues to increase, products and supplies need to get from point A to point B, as fast as possible. Trucking still typically remains the fastest way to do this.

Unfortunately, this means that truck accidents will likely increase as well. And because trucks are far bigger than other vehicles on the road, the chances of being badly hurt or killed in a truck accident are far higher than a typical car accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if someone you love has been killed, you deserve to know your options. A kind, experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer with Salvi Law, Inc. can look at your case and give you the guidance you need to seek justice from the person or company responsible for the crash.

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

Truck accidents can happen for many reasons, but the most common reason is simple human error. People make mistakes all the time and truck drivers, loaders, and manufacturers are no exception. Some of the more common types of driver error include:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to inspect a vehicle for proper safety and loading practices before driving
  • Adjusting driving to match dangerous road conditions, like rain or snow
  • Speeding
  • Rushing to meet deadlines

Trucking companies can also bear responsibility for truck accidents through:

  • Failing to load a truck according to state and federal regulations
  • Failing to maintain a truck's tires, brakes, and engine
  • Failing to inspect a truck for dangerous wear and tear
  • Poor employee training 

Cities and states may also bear responsibility for a truck accident by:

  • Not clearly marking lanes
  • Failing to mark construction zones
  • Failing to repair badly damaged roads. 

Finally, trucking part makers may bear responsibility for a truck accident by making and selling defective parts.

How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident? 

Because there might be several people, companies, or organizations to blame for a truck accident, it is important to have someone with resources and skills investigate the full cause of an accident.

If you file a claim against a trucker's insurance company or your own insurance company, or if you file a lawsuit in court, you will have to prove that someone else was responsible for the majority of the fault. A personal injury lawyer will help you by gathering important evidence, including:

  • Police reports
  • Photographs of the scene
  • Photographs of vehicle damage
  • Surveillance camera or dashcam footage
  • The opinion of accident reconstruction specialists 
  • The opinion of medical experts
  • Eyewitness testimony

Hiring a truck accident lawyer is one of the best decisions you can make. With their knowledge of personal injury law and experience dealing with truck accident cases, an attorney will work to prove liability, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

Contact a Lake County, IL Truck Accident Attorney

At Salvi Law, Inc., we are experienced Illinois personal injury lawyers you can depend on. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you need legal representation ready to fight for you. While many personal injury firms offer cheap gimmicks, we are a firm that believes in integrity and hard work to get the job done. We serve Lake Zurich, Cook County, and Lake County, and can be reached at 847-721-2499 for a free consultation. Contact us today.

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