On freeways and highways around the country, semi-trucks are involved in thousands of accidents every year. Unfortunately, determining the cause of these collisions is not always easy. In any trucking accident, one of several parties could be responsible, including:
- Truck Driver: Drivers of semi-trucks do not always take the care they should to stay safe on the road. In an attempt to drive longer hours, some will use drugs or alcohol, while others may be the victims of fatigue, which slows their responses. Drivers can also drive recklessly, which endangers others. Driver error or distraction is a factor in many truck accidents.
- Other Drivers: Sometimes, other motorists simply do not know how to drive safely around trucks. They may stay in a truck’s blind spots, allow too little room for passing, or drive aggressively. Because of their huge size, trucks need more room to stop and to maneuver, which other motorists do not always allow for. This can easily cause an accident, no matter how careful the truck driver is.
- Trucking Company: The company that owns the truck has a responsibility to ensure it is in good repair in order to help the driver stay safe on the road. If the company fails to keep up with regular maintenance or operates a truck it knows to be defective, the company may be responsible for any resulting accidents and injuries.
- Logistics Company: Usually, a separate company plans the route the driver will take. This logistics company may also be at fault for accidents if the route it assigned was unsafe or put too much stress on the driver. Under these circumstances, even the best driver will be overtaxed.
Every year, trucking accidents cause thousands of severe injuries and deaths. If you’ve been affected by a truck accident in Chicago, call (773) 779-9885 today to schedule a consultation with McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. Our personal injury lawyers can discuss your legal options for recovering the financial compensation you deserve.
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