Truck accidents occur every day in Illinois with some resulting only in minor damages and others causing serious injuries. The type of truck involved and the nature of the crash may vary but as a group, these accidents result in greater vehicular damage, more significant injuries, and more fatalities than accidents that do not involve trucks, making truck accidents some of the most dangerous collisions possible.
Most trucks are large, heavy vehicles with wide turning radii, significant momentum, and limited visibility. When a truck accident occurs, many assume that a semi truck was involved but in truth, truck accidents can involve many types of other vehicles, including work trucks like garbage trucks.
Following a truck accident, victims in another vehicle may seek advice from a Chicago truck accident lawyer to learn whether or not they may be able to bring a claim for their damages, including any medical bills they will incur. If the truck driver or truck owner was responsible for the crash, often these victims have a valid claim for a financial recovery.
In truly tragic accidents, one or more victims may lose their lives, leaving behind friends and loved ones who suffer losses too great to ever be made right and just.
One such collision occurred in Glenview on Tuesday afternoon when a garbage truck and a car collided, causing the car to roll over and become trapped under the truck. The car then caught fire, damaging the vehicle as well as the garbage truck near Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street. All three people inside the car were killed.
Police are still investigating the incident and have not yet determined how the two vehicles collided or whether any citations will be issued.
Following a traffic accident, many victims may not know whether they have a case for their injuries or whether they will be able to obtain a recovery. Some victims do not remember what happened in the moments leading up to an impact. This can be particularly true with a passenger in a vehicle involved in a crash because many passengers are not monitoring traffic as a driver does, limiting their personal knowledge of exactly what happened to cause a collision.
An injury attorney can help you understand what happened in your accident and whether you can make a claim against one of the drivers involved or even your own insurance company. These claims may provide payment to you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages you incurred because of the accident or payment to your family for the loss of a loved one.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call the Chicago truck accident injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free, no obligation telephone consultation. We know that accidents happen at all hours of the day so we keep a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call at (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) 529-2442. If you have been a victim in a crash, call us now and let us help you understand your legal rights and options.
Prior Blog Entries:
Lake Forest Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Others Injured, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published October 11, 2013.
Impaired Driver Injures 8 in Chicago Rollover Crash, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published October 7, 2013.
3 dead in Glenview garbage truck crash, by Alexandra Chackevitch, Chicago Tribune, published October 15, 2013.