Carbondale Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been seriously injured, or a close relative has been traumatically injured or killed, in an accident involving a big rig, the Marion truck accident attorneys at the Prince Law Firm can help. For over 20 years, we have been dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims following accidents of all kinds, including truck accidents. We are committed to serving clients in communities across Southern Illinois, including in Herrin (Williamson County), Murphysboro (Jackson County), and Benton.
Illinois Truck Accident Statistics
According to 2011 Crash Data compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation, large trucks make up only 4% of all vehicles registered within the state, yet account for over 10% of all Illinois vehicle accident fatalities, or 94 out of 918 crash fatalities. When any type of passenger vehicle gets into an accident with a large truck, chances are that the passenger vehicle occupants, rather than the truck driver, will suffer. In 2011, 75% of the injuries and 85% of the fatalities in Illinois tractor-trailer accidents were to occupants of the other vehicles.
Truck Accidents Are Not Like Other Vehicle Accidents
There are 15.5 million commercial trucks operating in the U.S., and two million of these are 18-wheelers. These big rigs can be up to 20 times the size of a passenger vehicle: over 50 feet long, over 13 feet tall, and weighing over 80,000 lbs.
These trucks have different operating mechanisms than passenger vehicles. They accelerate more slowly, take a greater distance to brake to a stop, require a large turning radius, and cannot maneuver easily to avoid obstacles or react to poor road conditions.
Commercial drivers and commercial vehicles are also subject to special safety regulations. For example, federal regulations dictate licensing requirements, the number of hours that drivers can drive, how often they must rest, periodic drug testing, and how many days they can be on duty within a given time period. Vehicles must meet stringent requirements regarding inspections, maintenance, and service; how loads are secured, how certain materials must be transported, and special safety features that must be installed.
In addition, truckers are subject to stresses that ordinary drivers rarely face: extended hours of driving, more complicated vehicle systems, and frequent driving on unfamiliar roads. These factors can lead to accidents caused by drivers, which often come about due to:
- Driving too fast for the road conditions;
- Failing to check blind spots;
- Overloaded vehicles; and
- Other problems.
As a result of all these factors, big rig accidents involve different issues than regular car accidents, and require much more intense investigations, particularly into whether the driver or the trucking company have violated any regulations. In the event of any such violation, it is critical that you retain an experienced truck accident lawyer to take the necessary steps to preserve any relevant evidence, or bring it to the court’s attention if any defendant has manipulated or destroyed evidence related to the accident.
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable for Truck Accident Injuries
When commercial drivers and trucking companies are responsible for causing accidents and injuries, they should be held accountable. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, the Prince Law Firm can help. We have handled countless truck accident cases, we are familiar with Illinois and federal trucking regulations, and we will diligently investigate the facts surrounding your case.
We also understand the difficulties that you may face in bringing a truck accident claim. Some trucking companies are based out of state, or the accident may involve an independent driver, a leased vehicle, a maintenance contract with a third party, or other complexities. At the Prince Law Firm, we have the resources and the capability to fight large trucking companies, their insurers, and their law firms. We can help you obtain all of the damages to which you may be legally entitled, which can include:
- Medical costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of income;
- Loss of earning potential; and
- Any other applicable losses.
Contact Our Marion Truck Accident Attorneys Today
Call the Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers at the Prince Law Firm at (618) 997-2111 or use our online contact form to set up your free consultation. When it comes to truck accidents, time is of the essence, since important evidence may be lost or destroyed, and the statute of limitations is short. If you cannot meet us at our offices in Marion, we will gladly meet you at a more convenient location. Remember: if we agree to take your case, we will not charge you any fee unless and until you obtain a damage award.