Lawyers for People Injured in Illinois Rear-End Truck Crashes
A passenger vehicle crashing into the back of another car or truck can cause serious injuries. However, the results are often catastrophic if the rear end crash involves a commercial truck smashing into a smaller vehicle. These types of cases are almost always caused by negligence, inattention, distraction or drunk driving.
Statistics maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that approximately 400,000 commercial vehicles are involved in accidents across the nation’s roadways every year. Out of that, about 70,000 involve rear end crashes. These types of accidents are catastrophic because commercial vehicles usually weigh almost 45 times heavier than the vehicles they collide into from behind.
Catastrophic Injuries and Deaths
Nearly 50 percent of all rear end crashes involving traffic fatalities happen when the trucker hits a car or truck in hazardous conditions. Approximately 30 percent of these types of accidents cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Cases handled by Chicago truck injury lawyers tend to involve certain specifics including:
- The trucker was driving on a poorly lit roadway.
- The truck driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.
- The truck had malfunctioning brakes due to a lack of maintenance.
- The trucker failed to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead.
- The trucker or motorist did not adequately adjust their driving behavior in adverse weather conditions including icy roads, wet surfaces, rain or high winds.
Many drivers and passengers die instantly in “underride guard failure” accidents, when their vehicle rear ends into a slow moving or stopped commercial truck. In fact, more than 400 individuals lose their lives every year when the top of their vehicle is sheared off when it crashes under the back of the tractor-trailer while traveling at a high speed.
Legal Aspects in Rear-End Trucking Crashes
Determining responsibility or which party is at fault for causing the accident is sometimes cut and dry. If the driver behind failed to provide adequate stopping distance or was operating the vehicle inattentively, they can be held legally liable for all damages, losses, injuries and fatalities.
However, there is an exception to liability in some rear end crashes. One exception includes the front vehicle reversing gears and moving backwards to hit the vehicle behind it. This is a common occurrence in parking lots or when a car comes to a stop over the marked limit line at a red light.
Rear End Collision Injuries
There are specific injuries that are extremely common in rear end collisions when the victim is hit from behind. Some of these include:
- Head concussions,
- Injuries to the face including the eyes, nose, forehead and teeth,
- Jaw injuries including TMJ problems,
- Whiplash where the head is quickly thrust forward and then backwards in a rapid motion,
- Injuries to the knees, back, shoulders and arms.
In many scenarios, victims of a rear end collision require prompt medical attention at an emergency facility. Surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy are often required for a full recovery.
Recovering The Compensation You Deserve for a Chicago Rear-End Truck Accident
Individuals victimized in rear end crashes are legally entitled to seek compensation for their damages as permitted under state law. This includes full recovery of all hospital in medical expenses, missed earnings, lost capacity to earn a living in the future, loss of enjoying life’s activities, emotional distress, pain, suffering and inconvenience.
However, seeking recovery can be complex. This is because victims are required to prove how the other individual is legally at fault for their injuries. Because of that, many involved in a rear end crash caused by another will hire a skilled personal injury attorney to handle the case.
Hiring an Experienced Law Firm to Ensure Your Legal Rights Not Compromised
The rear end vehicle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured victims of motor vehicle collisions throughout Illinois. Our legal team has successfully resolved thousands of vehicle accident cases by aggressively fighting to protect the rights of our clients. We use proven legal methods to negotiate settlements to obtain maximum compensation for the injuries, damages and losses suffered by our clients.
We accept Chicago truck accident cases on contingency and provide a free consultation to discuss your case for recompense. We will build your claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties through meticulous preparation to ensure full financial recovery in your case.