Long haul semi trucks and loaded trailer can easily weight 80,000 pounds or more, with this kind of weight it stands to reason that in the event of a collision with other, lighter vehicles such as an automobile, the damage will be extensive. Not only will there be a great deal of damage, accidents of this nature invariably result in debilitating injuries and death.
When trucks are involved in accidents the proceedings are often very complicated, there are usually more than just the two parties involved. As the laws that apply to commercial vehicle accidents are complex it is always wise to hire a knowledgeable Chicago truck accident lawyer.
Who is liable in the event of a truck accident?
There are numerous people involved in the trucking industry, when there is an accident there can be multiple parties brought into it, including:
* The truck driver
* The truck driver’s employer
* The owner of the truck
* The manufacturer of the truck, and
* The company responsible for loading the contents
With this large number of potential parties to a law suit, identifying the real cause and the real responsible parties can only be established with a great deal of investigation. An experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer is fully aware of the complexities and can properly evaluate each and every element in an effort to determine liability.
If you have been involved in a truck accident:
If you have been involved in an accident involving a large commercial truck never speak to the vehicle driver or a representative from the trucking company’s insurer. By all means, get the drivers details, the name of his employer, photographic evidence of the incident, etc and then contact a Chicago trucking accident lawyer. Leave the complex negotiations to someone with the knowledge and skill required to represent your interests and arrive at the best possible settlement.
Involvement in a truck accident is very different from that of an accident with a passenger vehicle. If you have been in an accident involving a large truck you need to hire a seasoned Chicago truck accident lawyer. You are invited to discuss the details of the incident with the Shea Law Group. Follow us on twitter.