Few accidents are more devastating and deadly than those involving commercial trucks. The resulting injuries can be horrifying when a massive, 80,000-pound tractor-trailer slams into a passenger vehicle. With more trucks than ever rolling through Illinois, far too many state residents are injured or killed in truck accidents annually.
In this post, you will learn about big truck accidents in Illinois. If you were in a truck crash recently and think the trucker was at fault, our Rockford truck accident lawyers at Fisk & Monteleone may help you get the compensation you deserve. Truck crashes represent a large portion of our personal injury cases, so we know how to extract maximum compensation from truck insurance companies.
How Many Tractor-Trailer Crashes Are There In Illinois?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated in 2015, there were 433,000 big rig crashes in the US. Illinois alone had 19,000 tractor-trailer wrecks in 2014, which accounted for approximately 13% of all Illinois traffic crashes. In 2019, there were more than 22,000 big rig crashes in Illinois, and about 1,330 occurring in construction zones. Also, the Illinois Department of Transportation stated there were 12,000 tractor-trailer crashes in the state in 2018.
What Causes The Most Big Truck Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted the Large Truck Crash Causation Study between 2001 and 2003. The study reviewed more than 120,000 large truck crashes in the US, including 963, which caused 249 deaths and 1,654 injuries.
The data showed the following associated factors were most common in the studied truck crashes:
- Vehicle brake problems
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the road
- Problems with the road
- OTC drug use
- Inadequate driving surveillance
- Driver felt pressure from the motor carrier company
- Made an illegal driving maneuver
- Tire problems
- External distraction
- Following too closely
- Cargo shift
How A Big Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You
If you are hit by a big truck and injured, you might feel like you are David facing Goliath. A large trucking company and its insurance company are fearsome adversaries, and you can bet both will try to minimize your claim and pay you as little as they can get away with. But with your truck accident attorney fighting for you, you can get more money for your injuries and related losses. Some of the things a skilled truck crash attorney can do for you are:
- Investigate the crash and determine the cause and liability
- Take care of all legal paperwork for filing a claim or lawsuit
- Ensure that you get the medical care you need
- Negotiate with the carrier’s insurance company
- File a case, if needed
In A Truck Accident? Call Our Rockford Truck Accident Lawyers
You should never try to handle the massive burden of a truck accident legal case on your own. The Rockford truck accident attorneys at Fisk & Monteleone can offer the personal attention and expertise needed to hold the big trucking companies and drivers accountable for their negligence. For a free consultation, contact our law office at (815) 962-0044. Many of our personal injury cases are settled prior to trial because of our attorneys’ meticulous trial preparation and their determination to obtain the best results for clients.