Causes of Truck Accidents Edwardsville IL
Truck Accident Injury Attorneys in St. Clair and Madison Counties
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,000 trucks were involved in crashes across the United States in 2006 every day. An 18-wheeler has a size and weight advantage in a collision with a car, injuring or killing car drivers and passengers 75 percent of the time. Negligence is one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a semi, you have the right to pursue money damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our investigators look for causes of truck accidents so that we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. For a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney at Walton Telken, contact our Edwardsville office today. Appointments are also available for our offices in Edwardsville and St. Louis.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Illinois interstate highways are crowded and becoming even more congested. Many truckers are expected to deliver goods on a very tight schedule, making it tempting for truckers to cut corners on safety and speed to their delivery destinations.
Rest breaks may be skipped or shortened in order to get to St. Louis on time. Some drivers take over-the-counter caffeine tablets to avoid driver fatigue, while others rely on illicit drugs such as cocaine to stay alert.
The accident investigators at Walton Telken examine many causes of driver negligence, including:
- Failing to look out for motorists
- Crossing into another lane
- Failing to maintain brakes and other safety equipment
- Driving aggressively, including speeding and cutting people off
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Overloading the tractor trailer
- Failing to secure cargo
Our attorneys are familiar with Department of Transportation restrictions and regulations. As we investigate causes of truck accidents, we request a copy of the driver’s log book and his or her GPS unit, also called the black box. This will tell our investigators how many hours and how many miles the driver spent over the road that day.
Injured in a Commercial Trucking Accident? We can help.
After being injured in an accident with a commercial semi-tractor trailer, it is critical that you get an attorney on your side as soon as possible. Large freight companies are often self-insured and employ their own accident investigators. When notified that one of their trucks was involved in a wreck, they are often at the scene, removing evidence and putting their unique spin on the facts.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle, don’t wait for the insurance company to come to you. The attorneys of Walton Telken have extensive experience standing up against the largest insurance and trucking companies in the nation.
Contact us to discuss your truck accident injury or wrongful death claim. We serve clients in Edwardsville, IL, as well as the Metro-East and throughout Southwestern and Southern Illinois, and Eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis metropolitan area.
We know the key factors that often lead to a negligent trucking accident:
- Drunk Truck Driver, DUI Driver
- Driver Fatigue
- Truck Log Book Violations
- Improperly Trained Driver
- Unsafe Load
- Improper Stopping Procedures
- Improper Maintenance
- Other Violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) or other Federal or State Guidelines
“Highways such as I-70, I-55 I-64, I-44, I-40 and Missouri Highway 21 are among the most dangerous roadways in the nation for trucking accidents. Every year people are killed or seriously injured in major accidents involving large trucks. We know the key legal points to trucking ligation and we move quickly to collect and secure the evidence we need. We’re not afraid to go toe to toe with big insurance companies and large trucking corporations.” – Walton Telken Injury Attorneys
Our personal injury law firm features experienced injury and wrongful death litigation attorneys. We are energetic and responsive — and ready to work hard to pursue maximum compensation for your injury or death claim.
We also work with other attorneys on a professional referral basis
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your injury or wrongful death claim at one of our Illinois or Missouri locations.