Truck Rollover Accidents
Dangerous truck accidents often occur on roads and highways in Chicago. When trucks roll over, people surrounding the vehicle and cargo can suffer catastrophic injuries or even death. All truck drivers are expected to operate their vehicles safely, and when they engage in careless conduct, they can be held legally responsible for the resulting harm. The Chicago truck accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck assist people injured in truck rollover accidents with their legal claims for compensation. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck crash, we can investigate the potential causes and pursue the full range of compensation from those involved in causing the accident. For decades, we have assisted people injured in motor vehicle collisions, and we understand the particular legal challenges posed by truck accident cases.Establish the Liability of Drivers and Companies that Cause Truck Rollover Accidents
Truck rollover accidents have causes that range from tired drivers to improperly loaded vehicles. Commercial trucks are intended to carry large, heavy loads. Maintaining a high center of gravity renders these vehicles prone to rolling during an accident. Federal trucking laws are intended to prevent accidents by ensuring that truck drivers and companies abide by safety considerations, many of which reduce the risk of rollovers.
Tripped and untripped accidents can cause a rollover crash. Tripped rollovers take place when trucks encounter another object on the roadway, such as a curb. The impact forces a trip, which in turn causes the large vehicle to roll. Untripped accidents are common when the center of gravity of the truck changes, such as when a truck driver speeds or turns their vehicle too quickly, eventually causing the truck to roll.
A driver who endangers others on the road may be held legally at fault for the resulting injuries and damages. Reckless or negligent driving that includes speeding or aggressively changing lanes may subject the driver to liability if their conduct causes an accident and resulting harm. To successfully assert the negligence of the driver, a victim of a truck rollover accident would show that the driver failed to meet their duty of care, and this failure directly led to the accident and injuries.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set in place trucking laws that serve to reduce the risk of serious truck accidents. In addition to the driver, trucking companies that do not abide by safety laws may be at fault for harm caused in a rollover accident. Trucks are required to undergo regular inspection and maintenance, and excessive wear on brakes must be addressed. Evidence that a trucking company violated safety laws by skipping regular maintenance procedures strengthens a claim against the company if their conduct contributed to the rollover accident.
After establishing the liability of the driver or trucking company, injured victims may be awarded compensation for their harm. Medical expenses that were incurred due to the accident, as well as future costs, are included in the damages that may be recovered. A victim may suffer a loss of income and an inability to return to their former earning capacity. These types of economic damages may be available in a personal injury claim as well. Finally, the serious injuries suffered in a truck accident can lead to emotional pain and suffering, and while this is potentially more challenging to prove than other quantifiable costs, these damages also can be awarded to accident victims.Protect Your Legal Rights by Contacting an Experienced Chicago Attorney
Seeking the compensation that you deserve from negligent parties is the primary goal of the motor vehicle collision attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck. For decades, we have assisted injured individuals and their families as they set forth evidence of legal fault against truck drivers and their employers. We understand that truck rollover accidents can cause devastating harm, and our Chicago lawyers bring compassion and personal attention to our legal representation. To learn more about your rights, contact us online or call our office at (800) 444-1525 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We also have represented people in Rockford, Springfield, Champaign, Aurora, Quincy, and other communities in Kane, Sangamon, Cook, Adams, Winnebago, and Champaign Counties.