Urbana Truck Accidents
Urbana is a city in Champaign County that covers 7.77 square miles. Both it and twin city Champaign, are home to University of Illinois. Between 2009 to 2013, the number of traffic crash-related injuries in the state went down by about 15%, but the fatalities statistics remained fairly constant at 4-5 per year. Truck accidents may result in more significant injuries than car accidents do, partly because of the size and weight of commercial trucks. The median household income in the city is $37,701—many Urbana residents don’t have enough saved to address the expenses of serious or catastrophic injuries after a truck crash. If you were injured or a loved one died in a crash, you should call the seasoned Urbana truck accident lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We have represented truck accident victims for more than 60 years.Truck Accidents in Urbana
Truck accidents are often the result of negligence. To prove negligence, our lawyers will need to show it’s more likely than not that the defendant owed a duty of care that he or she breached, thereby causing you injuries. Often, plaintiffs understand that the may be able to hold truck drivers accountable, but there are situations in which other parties are to blame who should also be brought into a lawsuit, depending on the circumstances. These could include trucking companies, third party loading companies, mechanics, property owners, drivers of cars around the site of the accident, and others.
If the defense is able to establish you were partly to blame for the injuries you sustained in the truck accident, your damages may be reduced by an amount proportionate to your fault. If they are able to show you were partially responsible for your own injuries, you may find that your damages are less than what you need. Illinois follows a rule of modified comparative negligence. As a result, insurers and defense counsel may follow every potential lead to try to get your damages reduced or eliminated altogether through the modified comparative negligence rule.Legal Representation to Obtain Damages for Truck Accidents
Damages awards are intended to compensate for all losses you experienced as the result of a truck accident. An award can encompass past, present and future losses, including both economic and noneconomic losses. In most cases, economic losses are tangible losses that are documented such as medical bills, lost wages, replacement services, or out-of-pocket costs. For example, our lawyers may need to submit medical bills in order to recover damages for the amount you lost due to past medical bills and past pay stubs to establish your wage loss.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury, we may need to prove concrete losses arising out of things you used to be able to do that you now need to hire someone to do. For example, if you are paralyzed as the result of a truck crash, and you can no longer take care of your children or take care of household chores, you may need to hire a caregiver and housekeeper; the costs of hiring people to do these jobs may be recoverable.
Noneconomic damages are more qualitative. They may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, and loss of earning capacity. These damages can be difficult to establish and are often shown through the testimony of the plaintiff or his or her family. For example, our attorneys may ask you to testify about the distress you experienced as the result of experiencing a serious injury such as an amputation or paralysis.Call an Experienced Urbana Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial trucks are enormous and heavy. They can cause serious harm to anyone in a smaller vehicle or a pedestrian. Urbana truck accidents sometimes inflict injuries on more than one person involved. These accidents are especially complex, and it can be crucial to retain an attorney who can investigate and hold responsible all culpable parties. If you were injured or a loved one died due to a crash, you should call the seasoned Urbana truck accident lawyers of Katz, We also handle SSDI benefits and workers’ compensation claims. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete our online form.