Chicago Truck Accident FAQs
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Any traffic crash can cause injuries, but a collision with a large semi tractor-trailer can be deadly for passenger vehicle occupants. At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, our experienced Chicago truck accident attorneys provide skilled, aggressive, and compassionate representation to victims of commercial truck accidents.
Below, we have answered some frequently asked questions about truck accidents.
How Do Truck Accidents Differ From Other Types Of Traffic Accidents?
Large commercial trucks, known as "semi tractor-trailers," "18-wheelers," or "big rigs," can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The average passenger vehicle weighs around 3,000 pounds. This disparity in vehicle size and weight and the laws of physics combine to produce a high risk of injury for occupants of a passenger vehicle involved in a collision. Considering that these trucks are typically traveling at highway speeds of about 70 mph, it is clear that this type of accident is likely to result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
How Are Semi Truck Drivers And Trucking Companies Regulated?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with regulating all aspects of interstate trucking to ensure safe practices. Regulations are designed to ensure that truck drivers are qualified and trained to safely operate the big rigs, and that drivers and trucking companies use safe practices in driving, loading, and maintaining the vehicles. Individual state laws also regulate trucking within the borders of each state.
Who Will Be Held Responsible For My Injuries After A Truck Accident in Chicago?
Each case is different, and more than one party could be held liable for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, responsible parties could include the driver, the trucking company, the owner of the truck, a company leasing the truck, the owner of the trailer, a company leasing the trailer, a manufacturer of the truck or trailer, or a truck parts manufacturer.
If you have any more questions about truck accidents, do not hesitate to call Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC. You can reach us at (800) 996-4824.