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Pickup Truck Accidents are on the Rise in Illinois

In 2016, pickup trucks were involved in the second highest number of accidents after passenger cars, in Illinois. Altogether, there were over 63,000 vehicles involving trucks of all kinds — just in one year. Accidents with trucks are more dangerous than those between cars.

If you were involved in an accident with a truck, you need a truck accident attorney in Illinois. Our truck accident attorneys know the gravity of a truck accident and can help you get the relief you need.

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What causes truck accidents?
Truck accidents happen for all the same reasons as car accidents. But one thing is for sure: the person not driving the truck is the person in the most danger. Only 21 percent of the people injured in truck accidents were the people in the truck, 77 percent were in the other vehicle, usually a car. Also, only 3% of all accidents in Illinois involve large trucks, but 10% of deadly accidents are with large trucks.

Here are some common causes for large truck accidents in Illinois:
• Speeding – Illinois has more than the normal amount of accidents from speeding: 39 percent of deadly accidents in Illinois were from speeding, whereas the national average is 28 percent.
• Drowsy driving – truckers have a legal limit on how many hours they can drive a day. Sometimes they exceed that limit.
• Distracted driving – eating while driving is common among truckers. This could also include driving while texting, drinking, or talking on a cell phone.
• Driving under the influence – this could include alcohol of course, but also prescription drugs.
• Not enough driver training – sometimes trucking companies undertrain their drivers.
• Unrealistic delivery schedules – sometimes drivers are under the pressure of intense delivery schedules. This can lead to poor decisions and accidents.

(For more on car accidents, go here.)
Whose fault is a truck accident?
A “truck accident” can include anything from pick-up trucks to three-trailer semis. Oftentimes people use it to refer to an accident with a commercial tractor-trailer or semi. These accidents are unique because it involves more parties, or groups, that can be responsible. Parties include:
• You
• The truck driver
• The employer of the truck driver
• The maker of the truck

(Want to know what to do after an accident? Read this.)
How much is a truck accident claim worth?
Here are some real truck accidents that happened in Illinois and the real amount the plaintiff (the person suing) received.
Pelvic fracture caused by a truck accident
When: 1994
Where: Cook County, Illinois
Facts: This was a case of suing the wrong person. 18-year-old Williams sued the City of Evanston, claiming its truck had hit him while he was walking across the street. He then held onto the truck until one of the passengers kicked him off. Pretty messed up. But Williams’ license plate number he provided did not match any of the city vehicles. He piled up $5,400 in medical bills and the jury gave him nothing.
Leg fracture caused by a truck accident
When: 1991
Where: Cook County, Illinois
Facts: Kruse was driving when her vehicle was hit by a commercial truck. The company admitted fault and settled for $1.5 million. Kruse had multiple leg and facial fractures and scarring and had tallied $200 thousand in medical bills.

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Illinois truck accident claims lives of young children

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Many parents could never fathom the idea of losing a child, much less multiple children at once. Unfortunately, parents across the country are faced with such a reality far too often. Continue reading “Illinois truck accident claims lives of young children”

Illinois truck accident results in woman’s death

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

When a family wishes to seek justice for a loved one who was killed in a car crash, information on their legal options may be useful. A wrongful death claim could allow individuals who have lost a family member in a car or truck accident to pursue compensation for the struggles that result from the incident. Continue reading “Illinois truck accident results in woman’s death”

Truck accident in Illinois proves fatal

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Construction zones can often cause traffic to slow down or even come to a complete stop. These inconveniences are understandable as there are often many hazards in the roadways in these areas. Continue reading “Truck accident in Illinois proves fatal”

Truck accident leaves Illinois man with serious injuries

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, June 10, 2016.

A serious crash recently took place Illinois involving a car and a semi-truck. The truck accident occurred when the semi moved into the path of the car. Continue reading “Truck accident leaves Illinois man with serious injuries”

Illinois truck accident claims life of teenager

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Being involved in a crash with a semi truck is a terrifying experience to look back on if an individual is lucky enough to survive. Unfortunately, not all individuals who are involved in a truck accident live, and, as a result, the families of victims are often left to determine how to handle resulting hardships. Continue reading “Illinois truck accident claims life of teenager”

Truck accident leaves man severely injured in Illinois

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, April 29, 2016.

When automobile crashes take place, there may be certain information that may not be immediately clear. As a result, determinations of who is considered at fault for a car or truck accident may not be revealed until after an investigation concludes. Continue reading “Truck accident leaves man severely injured in Illinois”

Car-truck collision results in fatality in Illinois

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Driver error contributes to a considerable number of accidents that take place on the roadway. Though some of these crashes may be considered minor, there are instances in which a driver’s failure to take the correct action could lead to a fatal collision. Continue reading “Car-truck collision results in fatality in Illinois”

Driver charged in relation to fatal Illinois car, truck accident

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Though some time may have passed after a serious accident, families of victims who lost their lives in a crash may still feel a considerable void in their lives. If new information surfaces regarding a car or truck accident or if new information comes to light pertaining to the charges leveled against a driver considered at fault, the victims’ families may be particularly interested in that information. Continue reading “Driver charged in relation to fatal Illinois car, truck accident”

Illinois crash leads to fatal and other serious injuries

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

A recent accident in Illinois took place between an SUV and a semi truck. It was reported that serious injuries resulted from the collision, and at least one individual died as an outcome. Continue reading “Illinois crash leads to fatal and other serious injuries”

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