Head on truck accidents can be some of the most complex and devastating motor vehicle accidents on the road. While most truck drivers are hard-working individuals who put in long hours to get goods delivered to their destinations on time, sometimes companies might place unreasonable expectations on drivers that can result in violations of the law.
For example, truck drivers are required to abide by federal hours of service laws that can limit how long a driver can be on the road in a given day for a given shift. However, demands of speed and timing might sometimes result in drivers cutting corners or violating the law.
Truck safety and equipment should be paramount as well for trucking companies given that others can be impacted if equipment fails. If a truck company cuts corners to save money (by skipping out on regular maintenance or by failing to hire competent drivers), then others on the road can be put at risk when equipment fails or when drivers make mistakes.
Overloaded trucks, fatigued drivers, drunk drivers, drivers with medical conditions that can impact their safety, or just plain inexperience can all contribute to semi truck accidents. Federally-regulated trucking companies may sometimes compromise safety in order to stay competitive. This can lead to serious injuries in victims who are hit by large, heavy semi-trucks or tractor-trailers.
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With over 40 years of experience, Ginzkey Law Office has the expertise and resources necessary to hold negligent drivers and their trucking companies liable for any life-changing accidents they may have caused to victims and their families including wrongful death. Our experience has guided us to getting trucking clients seven figure settlements, like Dewey v. Struck Trucking; McLean County, Bloomington, IL No. 97 L 168 $503,181. We offer free consultations where we look into how we may be able to assist you and your family in seeking damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Determining Liabilities Is Complex, Consult an Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer
As a victim in a personal injury accident involving a truck driver, you could face a multitude of involved parties, including not only the driver but also the shipping companies, the driver’s employer and others who may be liable.
Due to added state and federal regulations and the degree of damage and injury from the semi-truck accident, injury claims can be complex. Truck accident attorneys Jim Ginzkey and Chase Molchin work closely with experts in accident reconstruction, vehicle engineering and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to determine the cause of a crash, who is responsible, and why.
They carefully examine legal relationships between contractor drivers, their employers and the insurance carriers, while reviewing driver and shipping logs, vehicle maintenance records, and drug test results for federal or state law violations.
Working with existing data, Ginzkey Law Office consults with medical experts to determine the full extent of injury, and the associated costs for surgeries, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and at-home treatment and care. Our lawyers also work with life-planning specialists to carefully calculate the true impact of the physical, financial and emotional damage victims and their families may face in the years ahead. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a truck accident in, Illinois, you may only have a limited time to seek damages for your losses.
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