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Truck Accidents

Charleston, IL Truck Accident Lawyers

Serving the Injured in Central & Southern Illinois

Illinois is the 7th to 8th leading state for large trucking collisions each year, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, these crashes typically cause more harm to the occupants of other vehicles rather than the driver of the truck. In fact, 79% of fatalities in 2017 Illinois truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles, not truck occupants.

There are many types of trucks with which motorists must share the road, and the immense size and weight of these vehicles can cause catastrophic damage in an accident. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or even lost their life in a collision with a large truck, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm may be able to help. Our experienced Charleston, IL truck accident attorneys have helped countless victims of truck and motor vehicle accidents recover damages for their injuries and losses.

To learn more, call (217) 394-5885 or fill out our online contact form. Your information is always confidential, and your evaluation is free.

Types of Trucks on Our Roads

Trucks, trailers, and buses serve many different purposes and therefore come in many shapes and sizes. From armored vans designed to transport large sums of currency to U-Haul vehicles made for moving any number of items, the type of truck and the experience of the driver will vary.

Common types of large vehicles include:

  • Armored
  • Cargo delivery (FedEx, UPS, USPS)
  • Cement
  • Dump
  • Fire engine/emergency medical services
  • Flatbed
  • Food
  • Garbage collection
  • Harvester
  • Livestock carrier
  • Logger
  • Motor-carrier
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs)
  • Road train
  • Tractor-trailer/18-wheeler
  • Tanker
  • Tow
  • U-Haul

Bus accidents generally fall under the category of commercial vehicle accidents along with trucks such as those listed above. Bus accidents often involve numerous passengers and can result in severe injuries, just as trucking accidents. Unfortunately, there are many causes unique to these vehicles that may contribute to an accident.

Causes of Collisions with Commercial Vehicles

In Coles County, Illinois, the maximum speed limit for trucks is 65 mph. However, many other factors contribute to safety on the road and speed must be adjusted depending on road, weather, and traffic conditions. Truck operators and trucking companies must also comply with state and federal trucking regulations as well as local traffic laws.

The following factors may contribute to truck accidents in Charleston, IL :

  • Aggressive driving
  • Blind spots
  • Distracted drivers
  • Driving under the influence
  • Equipment failure
  • Excess cargo / overloaded trucks
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Improperly secured cargo
  • Incompetent drivers
  • Poor maintenance
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Shifting loads
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changes

In an effort to avoid a collision with any type of vehicle, a motorist should practice defensive driving. It is also important to be mindful of the complexities involved in maneuvering large vehicles, and to be respectful while sharing the road. It is imperative to stay alert behind the wheel, so you have time to react to a hazard.

Types of Trucking Collisions

Trucks may be involved in many of the same types of collisions as other vehicles and are also prone to specific accidents, such as jackknifing, due to their design.

Some examples of trucking collisions include:

  • Construction
  • Head-on
  • Jackknife
  • Rear-end
  • Rollover
  • Runaway trailer
  • Side-impact
  • Tire blowout
  • Underride

Some trucking accidents can result in the spillage of hazardous materials. If you believe you may have been exposed to any hazardous substances while involved in a truck crash, it is vital to seek medical care and to speak with an attorney about your legal options.

Common Injuries Suffered by Victims of Truck Crashes

Unfortunately, the catastrophic nature of truck accidents often leaves victims with severe, sometimes permanent, injuries. Such injuries may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Dental trauma
  • Dislocated joints
  • Facial damage
  • Internal trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Loss of limb
  • Orthopedic damage
  • Psychological damage
  • Rib fractures
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Whiplash

Injuries sustained in a truck wreck often result in exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and more. If you or a loved one was involved in such a collision, an attorney can help to determine whether you are eligible to pursue compensation after you have obtained medical treatment.

After a Truck Accident

If you have been victimized by the action or inaction of a truck driver — and/or by his or her employer — there are two things you need to do without delay:

  • Get emergency medical attention.
  • Call a proven and experienced truck accident lawyer at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm.

Make no mistake: insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize the payout after their client (e.g. the at-fault truck driver and/or the employer) is sued. That’s in their best interest. But what about your best interest? That’s a completely different story.

Your best interest is to be fully compensated for your current and long-term financial losses and suffering. This could include ongoing medical and rehabilitation fees, loss of future income, and so on. It’s not uncommon for the numbers to add up into the millions, and it’s an amount that insurance companies will fight hard to avoid paying. However, an experienced lawyer can fight back on your behalf, working to ensure that the focus is where it should be: on you, your injuries, and your suffering.

Call for a Free Truck Accident Case Consultation

Despite NHTSA regulations, the trucking industry has demonstrated negligence in many past truck accident cases. As experienced attorneys, we have the know-how to defend victims of trucking accidents that occurred due to trucker or carrier company negligence.

We are proud of our superior reputation and the personal service our lawyers provide. We handle complex cases with compassion and strength, and that is what makes our firm a top referral choice among other attorneys. Our truck accident lawyers represent clients from offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO and have been fighting for the injured since 1996.

We are dedicated to our clients and their cases. Find out how we can help - call (217) 394-5885.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement
  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict
  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Tractor Death and Injury $2,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement
  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement
  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement
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