When you’ve been hit by a semi-truck, you’re likely suffering and uncertain of where to turn. Dealing with your injuries on top of a lawsuit can be tough, especially when you’re not familiar with the legal details of your case. You’ll probably have a lot of questions.
Having questions is perfectly fine—it’s exactly what the team at Lane & Lane, LLC can help with. If you’re struggling with your 18-wheeler accident and you don’t know where to start, check the FAQ below for help. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call for answers to any questions you have or for help winning your case.
Who is responsible for my damages?
In most vehicle accidents, your damages are the responsibility of the other driver, but for truck drivers, that isn’t always the case. Truckers are at work while they’re driving, meaning that they may be the responsibility of their employers. The company they’re driving for may be liable for your damages.
What causes truck accidents?
Semi-trucks are notoriously difficult to stop, and when drivers keep long hours or drive under the influence, the results can be deadly. Other causes are possible—brakes or other parts may fail, other drivers may cause dangerous conditions, or the truck may jackknife, which is hard to correct.
What damages could I be compensated for?
Typically, you should be compensated for both the economic and non-economic damages tied to your semi-truck crash. Economic damages are typically the bills you’ll accrue: medical expenses, lost wages, and car repairs. Non-economic damages, however, are intangible. This includes pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
I was partially responsible for my accident. Will this matter?
Unfortunately, yes. Illinois recognizes modified comparative negligence, which means that your own negligence will be calculated as a percentage, and you’ll lose that percentage of your compensation. Unfortunately, if this percentage is over 50 percent, your case will be dismissed, and you’ll be barred from recovery.
Meet with a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer
It’s unfortunate, but getting compensation for your damages after a truck accident can be difficult. At Lane & Lane, LLC, we can get you the help and answers you need. If you’re confused and have more questions than what you see here, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll answer your questions before you sign anything.
For more information from a Chicago truck accident lawyer, call us at 312-332-1400 or fill out the online contact form below.