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Quincy Truck Accidents

Experienced Quincy Attorneys for Truck Accident Lawsuits

Quincy, a city along the Mississippi River, is the county seat of Adams County, Illinois. Covering 15.81 miles and consisting of multiple suburbs, it is the largest hub in the Tri-State region. South of the city, I-72 passes by; the I-172, which links up to the I-72 passes east of the town. Illinois Routes 104, 96, and 24 also serve the town. The median income for a Quincy household is $46,935—many people in the city do not have a significant amount of money saved up to pay emergency bills and other expenses associated with the catastrophic injuries that are so often sustained in a truck accident. If you were injured in a collision or a loved one died, it is important to call the trustworthy Quincy truck accident lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We have more than 60 years of experience representing accident victims with regard to the losses they’ve sustained due to injuries, whether in a personal injury lawsuit in court, an SSDI claim, or a workers’ compensation claim.

How to Prove Fault in a Truck Accident Case

Due to the weight and size of commercial trucks, you may need to make a claim against a truck driver’s policy, which could be easily exhausted when several accident victims have injury claims. It is important to give us a call as soon as possible after suffering injuries in a truck crash. We can send someone to investigate the contributing factors to the accident and seek the appropriate legal relief.

Figuring out fault in a truck accident can be challenging. Sometimes we must retain experts to examine debris, property damage, injuries, skid marks, and other evidence, such as evidence from a truck’s black box, to determine who should be held accountable. Police reports may not provide all the answers needed.

In many truck accident cases, we must establish the truck driver’s negligence by proving that he or she breached the duty of care owed to our client, and therefore caused injuries and losses. Truck drivers may be negligent in many of the same ways as drivers of passenger vehicles.

FMCSA Regulation Violations

An accident involving a truck that drives interstate could be caused by a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Among other things, these regulations govern how many hours a truck driver can operate the vehicle before taking a rest break, the weight of the truck, and the keeping of a logbook of hours traveled, all of which affect the safety of those with whom the truck driver shares the road.

Trucking companies can be held indirectly or directly liable for a driver’s negligent conduct that results in an accident. Our firm will investigate to determine whether negligent hiring or supervision affected the accident. Other parties that may bear responsibility for an accident include the truck manufacturer, a third party loading company, a mechanic, a property owner, and other drivers.

Comparative Negligence

Often, the insurer and attorneys for the truck driver will try to establish that you were negligent and partially or fully to blame for the accident, even when it seems clear that the accident was caused by the truck driver. Your damages will be reduced by an amount equal to your degree of fault, as determined by the jury. The trucking company and truck driver’s team of lawyers may try to get you to admit fault; you should not talk to them before you consult us about whether relief is available to you. You could be barred from recovering damages if the defense is able to show you were 50% or more responsible for your own injuries.

Truck Accident Attorneys to Win Damages

Injuries arising from a truck accident include broken bones, fractures, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, head injuries, soft tissue injuries, lacerations, contusions, amputations, whiplash, and more. These injuries may require expensive medical care. Catastrophic injuries often require prolonged periods off work, and rehabilitation. These are all costs that may be recovered in a truck accident lawsuit. Often serious injuries are accompanied by significant emotional harm including emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Courts award damages in a truck accident case to try to compensate for both economic and noneconomic losses.

Consult a Seasoned Quincy Lawyer About a Truck Accident Lawsuit

If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of a crash, you should call the seasoned Quincy truck accident lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. Our firm has fought for full and fair compensation for truck accident victims for more than 60 years, and we explore all potential avenues for recovery including SSDI benefits and workers’ compensation claims. Call us at 312-724-5846 or complete our online form.