You thought Spring would bring sunshine, fresh air through open car windows, and that driving would be a breeze. However, you quickly found out that springtime showers and road construction bring traffic to a crawl that is as bad as the worst days of winter driving. And trucks seem to be everywhere. Delivery trucks, 18-Wheelers, rental vans. Trucks of all shapes and sizes.
Sharing the road with large trucks is tricky. You can’t see around them. They are slow to accelerate. They make wide turns. They take longer to stop. The massive size, weight, and momentum of a moving eighteen-wheeler creates a serious problem for anything they collide with. Injuries can be severe and life-changing.
As an attorney who represents Chicagoland clients in auto and truck accident claims, I fight for victims every day to gain the benefits they deserve. With the risks and dangers posed by accidents with trucks, I want to offer some suggestions that will help you avoid situations that can result in an accident.
Stay Alert. Spring conditions often expose you to rainy weather and construction delays. Both become more complex by causing unexpected braking and lane changing. Drivers become frustrated and streets become slick. You can’t look away for a moment without risking a collision. Talking on a cell phone while driving is asking for trouble – and it is illegal in Illinois.
Stay Visible. All trucks have blind spots that are larger than cars. These create visibility problems that put you at risk. If you cannot see the driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the driver probably cannot see you either.
Don’t Squeeze. Trucks need ample room when making turns. When you see them turning, don’t try to squeeze into the space next to them – there’s simply not enough room to safely maneuver. Don’t risk getting clipped.
No Cuts. Abruptly switching lanes in front of a truck or not giving a truck enough space when passing can cause emergency braking and unpredictable responses. Always use your turn-signal to indicate your intent before moving into that lane – it is the law!
Stay Calm. Avoid aggressive driving. Due to the size and weight of cargo that commercial trucks carry, they are subject to certain speed zones where they must maintain speeds lower than cars. Even if you feel the truck driver is acting overly aggressive, don’t react in-kind. Road rage only increases the likelihood of an accident.
What To Do If You’re Involved.
Accidents and injuries caused by commercial trucks can be extreme and life-changing. If you are involved, I recommend the following process:
Healthcare. Always seek medical attention. Recognize that injuries don’t always become apparent right away. Be examined by a physician.
Make Notes. Accidents are scary. Details are easy to overlook. Write down what you remember happening as soon as possible. Share the notes only with your attorney who will find them enormously helpful in investigating who is responsible for the accident and accountable for the injuries caused.
Hire an Attorney. Gain legal representation so your rights are protected. Truck accidents are complex because they can involve multiple responsible parties.
- Sometimes the negligence falls on the truck driver – fatigue, distraction, drug and alcohol use, erratic and dangerous driving.
- Other times the negligence falls on others – improper loading, overloading, poorly maintenance, equipment malfunction, and road conditions.
As a result, some of the parties involved can include: the truck driver, cargo loaders, the trucking company, equipment manufactures, other negligent drivers, and government entities. Additionally, both federal and local laws may come into play.
Therefore, determining who is liable requires a thorough investigation, a comprehensive understanding of the facts, and an appreciation of the impact the accident has had on you and your family.
We Help Victims.
If you or a loved-one is in a collision, the attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner can help. We are knowledgeable and experienced in representing people injured in auto and truck accidents.
Accidents involving collisions with trucks are complex. Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly-trained and skilled attorney to protect your rights.
We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Experience counts.
We make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering the compensation you deserve, while you focus on healing.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto or truck accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.