Commercial vehicles draw the ire of many motorists on the roads because the commercial vehicles tend to drive at a slower speed, may be difficult to pass, and may be less able to adapt to changing traffic conditions. But while they may seem frustrating, semi-trucks and other commercial carriers pose less of a threat for a collision than a typical passenger car. When compared mile-per-mile traveled, semi-trucks are involved in fewer traffic accidents than private vehicles and the drivers of those trucks less often bear the responsibility of the collision.
That is only half the picture because when a truck accident does take place, it is much more likely to cause serious injuries or even death than a collision with smaller cars. This is one of the reasons that semi-trucks and certain other large vehicles have increased insurance requirements in many states, including Illinois, as the damage that stems from a crash often is significant. When the driver of a semi is injured in an accident, is is possible that the driver will have multiple claims for her damages and the suffering she must endure. A personal injury claim can be possible against any motorist or entity that is responsible for the crash and if the trucker was working at the time of the accident, he may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well. To make sure you understand the totality of your options, you can consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been hurt or if your loved one was killed in a truck accident in Chicago.