It is all too often that our attorneys read about truck and motor vehicle accidents occurring on Chicago area interstates. Accidents that occur on these roads can be extremely dangerous as the roads are often congested with vehicles travelling at high speeds. Some of the most dangerous accidents are those that involve large trucks.
According to recent reports by CBS Chicago, three people suffered personal injuries after a semi-truck flipped on top of their car on the Chicago Dan Ryan expressway. The accident occurred on the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway near 47th Street. The three victims were hospitalized, and the accident caused traffic to up to 95th Street. According to a police report, the northbound car swerved and struck the semi-tractor-trailer truck that was also heading northbound. This caused both vehicles to strike the median, and the semi rolled over, spilling some of the dried concrete it was transporting. The driver of the car was cited with improper lane usage.
Unfortunately, motor vehicle and truck accidents occur in Illinois everyday as a result of driver negligence. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there have been a total of 489 fatal crashes and 535 deaths in 2014 alone. There are still four and a half months left in this year meaning more accidents are likely to occur, and this is why our attorneys are so adamant about advocating for injured victims. Through lawsuits we aim to set a legal example to prevent future accidents and lower the number of Illinois fatalities.
Frequent visitors to our blog know that drivers have a legal responsibility for the safety of others on the road. When a driver breaches his or her legal duty and causes serious injury to another person, they can be held liable for negligence. They will be determined responsible in a court of law if proven that but for the driver’s negligent actions (ex: distracted driving, excessive speeding, etc.), the collision would not have occurred and the victims would not have suffered personal injuries. An accident lawsuit allows injured victims to recover costs of medical bills, lost wages from time away from work, and other financial hardships that they would not have otherwise incurred but for the accident through compensatory and punitive damages. However, Illinois imposes a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, which is a time limit one has to file a lawsuit after the time of injury. That is why it is always important to seek legal help as soon as possible.
Since truck accident lawsuits often involve complex legal issues it is important that people seek the help of an experienced injury law firm to protect your rights and ensure that you receive fair and reasonable compensation for the harms caused to you. Our lawyers have fought to protect the rights of accident victims since 1992 and have recovered over $520 million in verdicts and settlements for clients. We would be happy to speak to you in a free consultation to see if we can use this experience to help you. Call us today, and our attorneys can discuss your legal options and answer your questions about your potential case.