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4 Steps After a Truck Accident in Illinois

1. Call the Police

You MUST file an accident report; even if you think there is little or no physical damage to you or your vehicle. This required by law and it can be used as an essential piece of evidence later on if your case goes to court.

2. Seek Medical Attention

When it comes to a truck accident, your health and safety should be your highest priority. Some injuries won’t manifest symptoms until months later, so you want to make sure you get the opinion of one or more medical professionals.

Additionally, if you refuse medical attention, it will most likely end up being used against you in court.

3. Contact Your Insurance Company and File a Report

This is a step you don’t want to skip as it can also end up affecting the outcome of your case. *

*Keep in mind: you may end up talking with the other party’s insurance company. Try to say as little as possible, state the facts but try not to elaborate on details. You also don’t want to say too much at the scene of the accident. It’s best to keep conversations to a minimum.

4. Call Iamcallingmylawyer.com

With over 50 years of combined experience working with truck accidents in Illinois, we understand the complicated liability issues. As a leading Chicago truck crash lawyer, we will be able to help you win your case.

 

3 Things a Lawyer Will Do After a Truck Accident

1. Collect Evidence

A reputable lawyer will immediately begin gathering evidence surrounding the accident. Evidence includes accident reports, police reports, doctor examinations, mechanics notes, etc. If you took any pictures at the scene of the accident, make sure you supply your lawyer with copies.

2. Contact your Insurance

Dealing with insurance companies can be extremely confusing and disheartening. Let us be the main voice between you and your insurance company, we know how to speak their language and communicate effectively.

3. Fight for Your Rightful Compensation

If your case should have to go to court, we are not afraid to stand up and fight for your right to compensation.

Call Your Lawyer!

If you have been in a trucking accident of any kind, you need expert consultation and representation that understands the laws and regulations that govern these tragedies. IAmCallingMyLawyer will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve, every time.

Why People Choose Us:

  • Call and set up a claim with the insurance of a party at fault
  • Determine liability
  • Assist you as a complaining witness in court against the party at fault
  • Collect all medical information
  • Protect you from collection calls from hospitals or any other medical providers
  • Help you with the property damages issues
  • And obtain your entitled settlement

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is liable in a truck accident?

Trucking regulations vary from state to state and company to company. These regulations are especially complex due to the number of potentially liable parties involved:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Other negligent drivers
  • Government entities

Can I get more money from a truck accident than a car accident?

Yes and no. Because of the numerous parties listed above that can be found liable in a trucking accident, and the comprehensive insurance coverage required for commercial trucks, the maximum possible payout is higher, on average.

However, except in extreme cases, you will likely receive the same compensation: money for past and future injuries, lost income, and emotional distress, pain, suffering, and more.

Can I still get money if I was driving in the truck’s blind spot?

Commercial semi-trucks have blind spots directly behind and beside them, so it can be particularly dangerous to drive alongside the left rear quarter, the right rear quarter, and directly behind the truck at a short distance. Depending on the cause of the accident, this will be factored into “comparative negligence,” but it will not cause you to lose your case outright.

How long can I wait before filing a truck accident claim?

The statute of limitations for trucking accidents is very short—as little as 60 days in some states. Don’t wait to file a damage claim or you may not be eligible for any money at all.

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