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Truck Accidents Can Cause Life Changing Injuries

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Common Chicago Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents can result in a number of injuries ranging from minor to serious. Victims may suffer bruises, bumps or broken bones. In serious crashes, victims can sustain catastrophic, life-altering injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, paralysis or even death.

In comparison to motor vehicle crashes, which result in serious injuries approximately 14 percent of the time, a crash involving a semi-truck is three times as likely to cause incapacitating injuries. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, such injuries can prevent victims from walking, driving or participating in day-to-day activities. There are also certain reported injuries that may not be visible or immediately evident such as limping, nausea, internal bleeding and pain.


Determining Who is at Fault

Often, it can be challenging to determine who is at fault in truck accidents. Although weather or road conditions can contribute to a crash, driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents. Trucker negligence can take many forms, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, violating traffic laws, driving a commercial truck without proper training and failing to take required breaks.

In some cases truck accidents may occur due to trucking companies violating state and federal laws. For example, a semi-truck driver may carelessly run a red light or experience drowsiness because his employer allowed the trucker to drive for too many hours straight, leading to a crash. Improper maintenance of vehicles or defective parts may also be to blame.

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Truck Accident Injuries and Workers' Compensation

When a truck driver is injured in an accident, even if he is at fault, he may be entitled to workers’ compensation. In Illinois, workers’ compensation benefits are paid regardless of fault. Employees who experience work-related injuries can receive benefits for injury-related medical expanses. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has extensive experience handling personal injury and workers’ compensation claims. Our attorneys understand how to balance such claims and help victims pursue fair compensation.

What to Do After a Truck Accident
IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, THERE ARE SEVERAL CRUCIAL THINGS YOU SHOULD DO
    01 | Seek medical attention immediately

    Seek medical attention immediately: The first step you should take if you or a loved one are ever involved in a truck accident is to seek immediate medical attention, even if there are no obvious signs of injuries. There may be internal injuries of which you are unaware. Additionally, some symptoms may not become apparent until hours or days after the accident. If you have been seriously hurt, you may be taken to a hospital for immediate medical treatment.

    02 | Follow the advice of your doctor

    Listen to your doctor: It is important to follow your doctor’s advice and recommendations regarding your injuries, no matter how serious. Keep all the medical records for hospital and doctor visits, therapy, and rehabilitation. Failing to document the full extent of your injuries, can end up hindering your case in court.

    03 | Document the accident

    Document the accident: Truck accident victims should also make sure to document the scene of the accident. Take as many photographs as possible from various angles. They can be valuable to building your case. Additionally, ask witnesses and other drivers involved for their names, phone numbers and other contact details.

    04 | Contact your insurance company

    Contact your insurance company: Another necessary step is to inform your insurance company about the accident so that the process of filing a claim can begin. However, if the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, do not sign any documents or make any statements without talking to a lawyer first as it can affect the outcome of your case.

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    Our commitment is simple: We promise that you do not have to pay attorney’s fees unless we make a financial recovery for you in your motor vehicle accident case. In short, we don’t get paid unless you do.

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    If you or a family member has sustained injuries in a crash, our Chicago truck accident attorneys can help you seek compensation from the responsible party. Discuss your case directly with an experienced lawyer to learn about your rights and the options available to you. Do not delay speaking to a lawyer as legal deadlines may apply when pursing compensation in your case through a lawsuit.

    Illinois truck accident cases are very different from passenger motor vehicle accidents as they involve more complex liability issues that require special knowledge. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has extensive experience with such cases. Call 1.877.595.HURT (4878) today for a free consultation.

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    If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident because of the carelessness of another, you may be able to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

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    When you call Briskman Briskman & Greenberg for a free consultation, you will speak directly to an experienced attorney in Chicago, usually one of the firm’s principals, who will assess the facts of your situation and advise you of your rights. Don’t delay getting your free legal consultation: if you fail to pursue your claim in a timely fashion, you could forever lose your rights.

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