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South Chicago Truck Accident Attorney

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Lawyer for Semi-Truck Crashes in Cook County

Commercial trucks are massive vehicles, and even the largest passenger cars and trucks are small in comparison. When a semi-trailer truck is carrying a full load, it can weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and because of this, a vehicle that is involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler is likely to be seriously damaged, and drivers and passengers can suffer severe personal injuries.

The heavy traffic in the neighborhoods and suburbs throughout the Chicago area is difficult to deal with at the best of times, but driving alongside commercial trucks adds additional dangers. At The Law Offices of David A. Kadzai, LLC, we know how serious a car accident involving a semi-truck can be, and we are dedicated to helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. With more than 10 years of experience, Attorney David Kadzai can provide you with the representation you need and help you achieve justice in your case.

Who Is Responsible for Commercial Truck Accidents?

Due to the potential dangers they present to other vehicles on the road, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to follow a variety of rules and regulations regarding the operation of these vehicles. There are many possible points of failure that can lead to truck accidents, and multiple parties may be liable for injuries that occur. Some of the reasons for serious truck crashes include:

  • Driver fatigue - Truck drivers are required to abide by strict limits for the amount of time they can drive and the amount of rest they must receive before getting back on the road. When drivers exceed the maximum amount of hours or falsify driving logs in order to spend more time on the road, they may become too tired to drive safely, and they will likely be responsible for accidents that occur as a result. In some cases, trucking companies may also be liable for accidents that occur because they push drivers to bend or break the rules or exceed their safe driving limits.
  • Reckless driving - In order to reach their destination as quickly as possible, truck drivers may exceed the speed limits or violate other traffic laws. This type of unsafe driving behavior may lead to dangerous collisions with other vehicles.
  • Distracted driving - Semi-trailer trucks have large blind spots, and they require a significant amount of space to maneuver. Truck drivers need to be fully aware of everything happening on the road around them. Unfortunately, distractions such as talking on cell phones and adjusting the radio, as well as electronic logging devices, GPS, or two-way radios, can affect truck drivers, causing them to take their attention off the road and resulting in collisions with other vehicles.
  • Intoxicated driving - Operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous, and it can become deadly when the vehicle in question is a commercial truck. Unfortunately, many truck drivers use illicit drugs to combat fatigue, and this can affect their ability to operate their vehicles safely.
  • Unsecured cargo - Shifting cargo can cause a truck driver to lose control of their vehicle, and cargo that falls from a truck can cause serious damage to other vehicles, resulting in major injuries. In these cases, the companies who failed to load cargo correctly may be responsible for injuries that occurred as a result.
  • Equipment failure - An 18-wheeler truck has a wide variety of safety systems, and the failure of these parts can have dangerous or deadly results. Improper maintenance of air brakes, tires, engines, or trailer couplings can lead to collisions, and truck drivers, companies responsible for truck maintenance, or manufacturers of defective parts may be liable for these accidents.

Contact a Bedford Park Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial truck, you need an attorney who can help you determine who was responsible and hold those parties liable for the damages you have suffered. The The Law Offices of David A. Kadzai, LLC will work with you to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 312-229-0050 for a free consultation. We will not charge any fees unless we win your case. We represent truck accident victims throughout Cook County, including Chicago, Hyde Park, Jackson Park, Dixmoor, Burnham, Calumet City, Riverdale, Evergreen Park, Robbins, Harvey, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Dolton, Merrionette Park, and Calumet Heights.

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