Truck crashes are some of the most destructive traffic accidents, causing over 130,000 injuries in the United States each year. About 5,000 of these truck accidents end in death annually, though even truck injuries that are not fatal can be devastating.
At GWC Injury Lawyers, we know this fact all too well. For more than four decades, our Libertyville truck accident lawyers have helped thousands obtain the largest settlements and verdicts possible for their injuries. Our injury attorneys will fight day and night for you if you are injured in a truck accident. We are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve.
At GWC, we have recovered over $2 billion for our clients. We think our past successes speak for themselves, and many of our clients agree. Former clients often recommend us to family and friends because they know how diligently our Libertyville truck accident lawyers worked on their own claims.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact GWC today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with an attorney. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.
How Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Truck accidents may happen for any number of reasons, but the unique design and function of large commercial trucks do give them certain vulnerabilities. Typical causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Longer Stopping Time – Because of their weight, trucks need more time to stop than smaller cars, often leading to rear-end crashes that can result in devastating injuries.
- Wide Turns – Large trucks typically need more room to make a turn. Because of this fact, a truck driver may use more than one lane of traffic when turning and may crush nearby passenger vehicles when doing so.
- Fatigue – Falling asleep at the wheel is always a problem for drivers. When a large truck is involved, the injuries can be catastrophic. Because commercial truck drivers typically sleep less than other drivers – statistically only 4.8 hours per night – they are more susceptible to fatigue, which can place them and others in danger.
- Substance Abuse – Long driving hours and fatigue force many truckers to rely on stimulants to stay awake. The short bursts of energy these stimulants may provide are all too often followed by figurative “crashes” in energy, which in turn can lead to literal crashes on the road.
- Jackknifing – Semi-trailers can jackknife when their loads shift as they come to a sudden stop. If they do, nearby vehicles may have a difficult time avoiding a collision.
- Rollovers – Because of their size and the way weight is distributed inside of them, trucks are highly prone to rollovers. When a truck rollover happens, a passing motorist may suffer the majority of any injuries that may result in an accident.
- Unsecured Loads – If equipment or cargo loads in a truck are not secured properly, they may shift or fall onto the roadway, placing dangerous debris in the path of other vehicles.
- Blowouts – Truck tires may blow out when they become old or worn, which can cause a truck to flip, fly into the air, fishtail roll over, or stop abruptly, inflicting significant damage on others.
Given the severity of their injuries, truck accident victims need somebody to fight for them. At GWC, we will work tirelessly both inside and outside of the courtroom to get you the best results possible. To schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a Libertyville truck accident lawyer, call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative today.
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