Chicago Truck Driver Negligence Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation, and an experienced Chicago attorney from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you get it. You should be able to trust that people who drive large trucks or semis should obey the law and give their full attention to the road. When truck drivers fail to do so, catastrophic accidents can result. The Illinois Department of Public Transportation reported that there were over 20,500 crashes involving trucks on state roads in 2015. Over 3,000 of those crashes involved injury, and over 100 led to fatalities. Victims of truck accidents can pursue a personal injury lawsuit to hold negligent truck drivers financially responsible for their carelessness.

The team of Chicago truck driver negligence attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC has been practicing personal injury law since 1970, and  we have won millions for our clients in that time. After a truck accident in Chicago, you need us on your side. Contact us today at 312-346-8620 to discuss the details of your case.

Do I Need A Truck Driver Negligence Attorney?

Unless they admit it, it can sometimes be difficult to prove that a truck driver was in fact negligent, and that that negligence caused an accident. Having a team of lawyers on your side who have ample experience winning cases very similar to yours will increase the possibility of your case’s success. If you or a loved one was involved in a serious accident with a truck driver, it is likely that you have had to deal with exorbitant medical bills and injuries which have disrupted your day-to-day life. You probably don’t want the added stress of opening a case against a truck driver or their company on top of all of that, which is why hiring a lawyer can only benefit you. We will work hard on your behalf so that you can focus on the most important thing: your recovery.

Why Choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC To Handle My Case?

With nearly 40 years of experience, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC has been here for the Chicago community to keep negligent truck drivers on our roads accountable for their actions. We have earned the trust of people all around Chicago for successfully defending their rights, and we’ve helped recover over $400 million for injured victims, more than compensating the costs of their serious injuries. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we understand the significant impact that a serious accident involving large trucks on Illinois highways can have on you and your family. You may be faced with extremely high medical bills, ongoing treatment and therapy for your recovery, and may have had to take extended time off work. Your personal and financial life can severely suffer as a result of another person’s negligence, to no fault of your own, and you should not have to be responsible for that. You can trust one of the dedicated lawyers with a proven record of success at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC to take care of your case for you.

Truck Accident Liability

In Illinois, there are several ways in which negligence can play out, and several different parties which could be held liable. Spending too much time on the road has been proven to be dangerous for road conditions, which is why there are laws in place which limit how much a truck driver can drive without stopping to rest. However, if truck drivers are trying to reach a strict delivery deadline, they may ignore those hours-of-service laws, or drive at excessive or dangerous speeds. This can cause them to be more careless on the road, putting others at risk.

In addition to careless driving including driving while exhausted and speeding, negligence can take the form of unsecured cargo. Drivers must secure their cargo in adherence to Illinois law. If cargo exceeds the weight load limit, or does not meet die-down requirements, not only is the truck driver breaking the law but also putting other people on Illinois roads at risk. Falling debris could cause serious damage to people in other vehicles. Additionally, unsecured cargo could cause a truck driver to lose control on the road. If it can be proven that their failure to adhere to regulations caused any kind of accident, this negligence could hold them liable for injuries that resulted.

Other negligent actions a truck driver could take that could cause serious accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving (illegal or prescription drugs)
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to stop at stop lights/stop signs
  • Drifting from lanes
  • Failing to check the blind spot
  • Aggressive driving
  • Violating traffic laws

Even if an individual driver’s negligence caused a crash which led to injury, the hiring company could also be held liable. Per the legal theory of negligent hiring, a company could be at fault if they knew that a driver was not qualified or otherwise unfit to be employed by that company.

What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?

If you were involved in an accident with a truck driver and you suspect it was due to their negligence or an error, make sure to collect as much evidence as you can. Contact the police so that an official crash report is made. Talk to witnesses and take as many photographs of the scene as you can, or ask a family member or friend to do so for you. When you seek treatment for your injuries, make sure to keep all medical records and records of expenses related to your accident. Then, contact a lawyer who can help you build a case to prove that a truck driver’s negligence led to your injuries in order to secure the financial compensation you deserve.

Contact an Attorney Today

You should not have to shoulder the financial burden of a serious injury caused by a truck driver’s negligence when the accident was not your fault. Truck drivers must be held responsible for their errors, and you deserve compensation for the financial and emotional toll that resulted from your accident. Contact an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today at 312-346-8620 or by filling out a contact form to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation.

Written by Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Last Updated : December 5, 2023