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Tractor-trailer trucks, 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles are a common sight on roadways throughout the Chicago area. While most drivers are quick to give these massive vehicles the space they need on busy roads and highways such as I-90, I-55 or the Tri-State Tollway, truck accidents can still happen in the blink of an eye in Chicago.

At Deratany & Kosner, formerly The Deratany Firm, our experienced legal team understands that a truck accident is hard to imagine and can be even more difficult to live through. A common question accident victims often have is how to pay for medical bills, cover lost wages due to missing work, and how to financially recover while dealing with the long-term effects of an accident. A serious injury in a truck accident can disrupt your life for years or even decades.

We can help. Our passionate team of legal advocates bring more than 100 years of combined experience to the table protecting the interests of truck accident victims and those whose loved ones were injured or killed in serious truck accidents. We understand you have questions after your accident. Click on the following topics below to learn more:

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Tractor-trailer accidents can be devastating in Chicago. Due to the typical size and weight of a tractor-trailer truck – sometimes more than 80,000 pounds – the force of impact between a large commercial vehicle and a smaller car or truck can be catastrophic. With full cargo loads, tractor-trailer trucks can go out of control if drivers are not sober, focused on the road or driving a properly maintained truck.

The scenarios for a potential tractor-trailer accident in Illinois are virtually endless:

  • An overworked trucker falls asleep at the wheel while delivering cargo to Armour Square or Bridgeport on I-90, jack-knifing and crashing into multiple vehicles.
  • A distracted trucker could rear-end a vehicle on I-290 or I-55, causing a multi-vehicle pileup near Brighton Park or Garfield Ridge.
  • A drunk trucker with an overloaded trailer may roll his vehicle into oncoming traffic on Route 50.
  • A brake or steering malfunction might result in an intersection accident on the North Side or Irving Park.

Trucking accidents can lead to complex cases. There are many different types, causes and injuries associated with tractor-trailer accidents. But when you’re the driver of a smaller vehicle and you’ve done nothing wrong to cause your accident, you deserve justice.

Without the help of a highly skilled attorney, you might run into many roadblocks on your path to justice. Typically, trucking companies and their insurance carriers send investigators to the scene of an accident within hours of the crash. Their goal is to look for any evidence – even if it’s questionable – to find ways to minimize the role of the trucking company or the driver. If the victim of the crash waits too long to contact an attorney, the trucking company will have a major advantage.

Deratany & Kosner works tirelessly on behalf of truck accident victims throughout the state. Don’t let trucking companies – and their insurance providers – take control and set the agenda. Contact us. We’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Major Injuries in Truck Accidents

Truck accident injuries are rarely minor due to the vulnerability of passenger vehicle occupants and motorcyclists who share Chicago roads and highways with commercial trucks every day. With so many trucks traveling along Interstate 90, Interstate 290, Interstate 55 and the Tri-State Tollway, accident-related injuries are often serious and sometimes fatal. Due to the size and weight of a fully-loaded commercial vehicle – up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded – even a seemingly minor accident can quickly become a complicated legal matter.

Any number of catastrophic truck accident injuries can occur in Chicago:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Fatal injuries resulting in wrongful death

As truck accident attorneys in Chicago, our job is to thoroughly investigate truck wrecks on behalf of clients across the state. Determining the true long-term cost of a truck accident is critical. From ambulance bills and emergency room fees to cost of future care, medical bills may skyrocket. You may be unable to return to work due to your injuries. Contact us. We can help hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for your long-term injury costs.

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Top Causes of Truck Crashes

To keep roads safer, the government heavily regulates the trucking industry in Illinois and throughout the United States. We are well-versed in the state and federal laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry to improve safety and remove high-risk carriers from the highways. Strict rules are in place to prevent fatigued driving accidents, keep impaired drivers off the road and stop other dangerous behavior. But this doesn’t always mean truck drivers or trucking companies are willing to follow the law. Deratany & Kosner’s experienced legal team understands that the trucking industry may choose to ignore federal regulations for any number of reasons.

A truck driver may choose to bend the rules to log extra hours on the road or deliver cargo on time. A trucking company might cut corners to keep a truck with defective brakes on the road. When either party fails to adhere to the rules and regulations to protect the public, an accident can happen. You’ll need a seasoned attorney to investigate the accident and hold negligent parties accountable.

Common causes of Illinois truck accidents include:

  • Fatigued driving
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Distracted truck drivers
  • Speeding or aggressive driving
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Improper maintenance or inspection of brakes, turn signals, tires or steering systems

Trucking companies and their drivers may deny wrongdoing after an accident. They may try to say you pulled out in front of their vehicle or ignored a traffic signal. Even if they admit fault, getting compensation can be a difficult ordeal if you try to go it alone. The insurance company may delay your claim or burden you with seemingly endless paperwork and requests. If you are not represented by an attorney, the insurance company may even want to fight you in court with its own lawyers. If you or a loved one was injured or died in a trucking accident, you may quickly feel overwhelmed.

Call us today for a free consultation. Find out how we can help. Deratany & Kosner is ready to stand up for the rights of truck accident victims throughout Illinois.

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Who Is Liable in an Accident?

Trucking accidents are among the most complex cases handled at Deratany & Kosner. In a commercial truck accident, the driver often is liable, but other parties may share responsibility for the crash, including the driver’s employer. It’s important to determine who is liable to recover maximum compensation for long-term costs associated with an accident.

Our attorneys are passionate legal advocates who work aggressively to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their reckless behavior. Contact us today at 800-529-7285 for a free case consultation with a member of our experienced legal team who is ready to pursue the compensation and benefits you deserve.

Liability in an Illinois truck wreck can include one or more of the following parties:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the cab
  • The truck driver’s employer
  • A third party responsible for truck maintenance

The trucking company may try to distance itself from the driver, especially if the driver was not an employee, but federal laws and regulations allow victims to pursue compensation from the trucking company in many cases. Even if the driver was an independent contractor, the trucking company may be at least partly responsible.

Determining liability after a truck accident can be complicated. Multiple insurance companies may be involved with your claim. Deratany & Kosner can sort through all of the complex liability issues that arise out of a truck accident. If you or a loved one was seriously injured, our legal team is ready to investigate all potentially liable parties to try to help you financially for your accident-related losses and expenses. We also prepare each case as if it’s going to be heard by a judge and jury.

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