Helping You After a Chicago Underride Truck Accident
A truck underride accident is potentially one of the deadliest types of collisions involving a commercial vehicle. The ground clearance of the truck is so high that a passenger vehicle, upon impact, slides or can be pushed under the truck, with disastrous results. Unfortunately, the number of people dying in truck accidents is getting higher, 31% higher than just a few years ago. If you or a loved one has been injured or has died in a truck underride accident, it is imperative that you seek legal representation to help you fight for fair compensation for all damages incurred. At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC in Chicago, we have recovered millions of dollars in damages for those we represent, and we stand ready to protect your rights and interests in truck underride injury or death cases.
Types of Injuries in Truck Underride Accidents
97% of the deaths in two-vehicle crashes concerning a large truck and a passenger vehicle involved the passenger vehicle occupants. A truck underride accident often leads to a terrible death and those that survive are frequently left with permanent disabilities, whether physical, mental, or both. Some of the most common injuries suffered in an underride include the following:
- Broken bones
- Facial disfigurement
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
- Traumatic brain injuries
What Causes a Truck Underride?
A negligent truck driver, when operating such a dangerous vehicle, puts all other vehicle operators at risk. A report issued by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) revealed that over a one-year period, in 977 cases in which a vehicle struck the rear of a truck, there were 934 fatalities. Side underrides or offset underride impacts are equally dangerous for occupants of passenger vehicles. Some of the most common causes of a truck underride accident include the following driver errors:
- Improper turns
- Improper lane changes
- Drunk or intoxicated driver
- Driving too fast for road conditions (ice, snow, wet roads)
Injured in a Truck Underride Accident: What Now?
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a truck underride accident, you are likely focused upon recovering your health, to the greatest extent possible. The legal issues surrounding compensation should be addressed immediately. At our firm, we take on truck accident injury cases, as well as wrongful death cases in truck underride accident cases. These are often tragic incidents, with the injured victim facing a future living with serious impairments, needing many months or more of medical treatment, and experiencing a severely reduced quality of life. We will pursue all damages, based upon the facts in your case, including the following:
- Costs of medical care and treatment, now and future
- Rehabilitation costs
- Costs of nursing care
- All other medical-related costs
- Lost wages, now and future
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages, based upon the circumstances
We Fight for the Rights of the Injured in Truck Accident Cases in the Chicago Area
We protect the rights and interests of those we serve, and are intent upon seeking the maximum level of compensation that can be recovered, whether through an insurance claim or in civil court. As trial lawyers, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial, and case presentation is one of our strongest assets. Our Illinois underride truck accident lawyers are skilled negotiators, and can take care of every detail for you.
Call our professional Chicago truck accident attorneys for immediate assistance, or contact us through our online form. We are ready to get your case moving forward today. Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC can be reached at (800) 996-4824.