When a truck is involved in an accident, there’s usually a higher likelihood of serious injury or death. In fact, tractor-trailer accidents account for only 3.5 percent of overall accidents but 10.6 percent of Illinois fatality accidents in 2016. As with any other traffic accident, compensation may be available for personal injury and property damage.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents Are Common
In 2016, over 11,000 accidents occurred in which tractor-trailers were involved. Fatality crashes increased to 117, which is a 30 percent increase over 2015.
Injuries Can Be Devastating
The Illinois Department of Transportation classifies injuries as:
K – fatality
A – an incapacitating injury including injuries to bones, skull, chest, and abdomen
B – Non-incapacitating injury, which include minor cuts, bruises, and abrasions
C – Reported/not evident would include temporary loss of consciousness, limping, pain, nausea, and injuries that are not obvious
O – no indication of injury
Of the 11,301 tractor-trailer accidents in 2016:
- 106 involved at least one fatality,
- 386 people suffered A-injuries because of the accident.
Most of the people killed or injured in a collision with a truck were not riding in the truck. They were passengers of other vehicles involved in the accident.
So, what happens when someone is injured or killed in a tractor-trailer collision?
Options After a Tractor-Trailer Accident
After dealing with the emergency responders at the scene and receiving medical treatment, injured persons may look for compensation. One way to do this is by suing people involved in the collision. But who you sue may be surprising:
- Truck drivers, who may have been driving recklessly or while impaired;
- Trucking companies, that may be responsible for their drivers’ actions;
- Mechanics and maintenance personnel, who may have failed to keep the truck in good shape;
- Truck manufacturers, who may have sold a defective truck.
Talk to a Lawyer Immediately
If you have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. You need to preserve your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
For assistance, talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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