Skilled Guidance In Truck Accident Claims
Occupants of passenger cars, motorcyclists and bicyclists rarely escape without injury in a collision with a truck. When these accidents happen, the victim will need help ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
At Westland & Bennett P.C., we can fiercely advocate for you or a loved one who is recovering from serious bodily injuries resulting from truck accidents in Indiana and Illinois.
Combatting The Common Causes Of Accidents
Pursuing compensation for a truck accident is not just about covering the cost of your injuries, it is about sending a message that the actions that lead to these accidents are unacceptable. Some preventable causes of these accidents are:
- Using cell phones while driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Lack of or improper training
- Reckless driving
- Neglecting to account for poor weather or road conditions
Determining the cause of the accident can bolster the success of your claim and also help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
We Understand Your Challenges And Are Here To Support You
You and your family may be struggling day to day in the aftermath of a truck accident. You may wonder how you will pay the monthly bills when you cannot work or how you can handle the unexpected medical costs. At Westland & Bennett P.C., we hear you and understand your concerns.
We are ready to apply our talents to help you pursue justice and get compensation for:
- Your medical bills, including hospitalization and rehabilitation
- Your lost wages and future earnings
- Accommodations for your temporary or permanent disabilities
- Your pain and suffering, as well as your family’s losses
Reach out to our team to learn more about what kind of damages you can recover.
What Are Common Types Of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents involving delivery trucks, 18-wheelers or other commercial vehicles can involve:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Accidents backing up
- Falling debris or cargo
Our attorneys handle all types of these tragic accidents.
How Do Truck Accidents Differ From Regular Car Accidents?
Truck accidents are far more complicated than other types of car accident cases. They often involve multiple parties such as the truck driver, the trucking company and perhaps the shipper, manufacturer or dispatcher. It’s all the more important in these complex cases to work with a skilled legal team that understands the intricacies of these cases.
What Rules Do Trucking Companies Have To Follow, And How Can This Play Into Your Truck Accident?
Trucking companies and semi-truck drivers must adhere to strict federal safety regulations on top of state and local traffic laws. Those regulations establish:
- Mandated rest periods for truck drivers
- Limits on how long truck drivers can stay behind the wheel
- Logbook requirements for tracking hours driven
- Rules for vehicle maintenance and inspections
- Training and qualification requirements for drivers
- Prohibitions on texting and using handheld devices while driving
- And other safety rules
Violations of federal safety regulations are often a contributing factor in accidents. If the driver violated one of these regulations, you may have a much stronger case for compensation.
What Is Black Box Data?
Semitrucks have engine control modules (ECMs) that function like “black boxes” on airplanes. They record valuable information such as speed, time, location, amount of time in service and other factors that can shed light on what contributed to an accident. Black box data often plays a key role in establishing liability in these cases.
What Types Of Trucks Can Be Involved In Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents involve all kinds of vehicles such as:
- 18-wheelers (also called tractor-trailers, big rigs or semitrucks)
- Flatbed trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Logging trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Cement trucks
- And more
Different safety regulations may come into play depending on the type of truck involved.
We Focus On Getting Winning Results
Once we get to know you, our settlement negotiation and trial litigation skills can be assets on your side. The first step to hiring us and learning if you have a case is scheduling a free consultation.