Chicago hosts a large number of trucks on its streets and expressways daily. Some are local and bringing product into or out of the city while others are simply using the roads to pass through to another location. Regardless of their destinations, the presence of trucks means that there is a possibility that these trucks will be involved in an accident with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
When a truck accident occurs, those involved are likely to suffer injuries. The large nature and heavy weight of a truck mean that a large amount of momentum and force often accompanies these accidents and may lead to damage to the vehicles. Common injuries sustained in a truck accident include cuts and abrasions, bruising and contusions, closed head injuries, broken bones, neck and back injuries, and injuries to the extremities. The worst truck accidents can prove fatal to one or more people involved.
When an accident occurs in Chicago, the victims of that crash may be entitled to seek relief for their damages, including any medical bills they have or will incur. Relief can be sought through the use of a civil claim which allows a victim to seek financial damages against the person or persons responsible for the crash, whether that is another driver, the owner of a truck, or the company that employed the truck’s driver. In many cases, multiple claims against multiple people are possible. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing the victims of truck accidents may help you understand your legal rights if you have been hurt in a collision. In the worst accidents, a victim is killed and no amount of relief will ever properly compensate that victim’s family for their losses. But a claim may help defray some of the financial burden left behind when a loved one is killed and the right to bring such a claim often rests with the victim’s kin.
A truck driver in the Chicago area was killed yesterday in an accident with a truck that authorities are still investigation. The man was originally involved in a minor collision with a car in the 1300 block of West Division around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday which prompted the man to exit his truck and take some photographs. While he was taking pictures, another truck approached the scene of the collision and struck the man, leaving him with critical injuries. Police and emergency responders were called to the scene and the man was evaluated but unfortunately his injuries were too severe and he died as a result of the crash.
The driver of the second truck was not injured in the incident and the driver of the car was believed to have sustained only minor injuries. Police closed down Division Street in the area for several hours as they attempted to determine what led to the fatal collision and whether negligence on the part of anyone involved played a role.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident and you were injured, you may be entitled to relief. Call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free, no obligation telephone consultation over the phone. We are available 24 hours to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and everything discussed will remain confidential. If you prefer to meet with us in person but you are too injured to travel to our offices, we also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations so that you can get the answers you deserve, whenever you need them. Do not continue to suffer if an accident left you injured; call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Roselle Accident Leaves Bicyclist Dead, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published April 23, 2014.
Man Struck, Killed by Truck While Taking Photos, NBC 5 Chicago, published April 24, 2014.