This is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss the handling of Peoria, Illinois accidents which involve commercial vehicles. I consider it important to write on this topic due to the fact that such cases can present more complex issues than do typical car cases. This complexity can result in a victim receiving less than the full amount of compensation which they deserve. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help injury victims to understand the unique nature of such cases. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a personal injury attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will address a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will discuss include:
- Why such cases often involve multiple defendants
- Dealing with the defendants’ insurance carriers
- The impact of comparative fault on such cases
- The importance of discovery
- What to expect at a trial
There are several reasons why we are addressing these particular subjects. First, commercial vehicle accidents differ from normal car wrecks due to the fact that employers are responsible for the acts of their employees. This means that, for example, if a delivery driver hits someone then the victim will likely have a cause of action against the employer as well as the delivery driver. Second, dealing with multiple defendants may mean dealing with multiple insurance carriers. This can complicate matters and possibly delay the amount of time which a settlement may take. Third, Illinois’ comparative fault laws will apply to such matters. This means that a victim may be able to recover damages even if they were partially to blame for the accident. Finally, understanding the importance of discovery and how the trial process is likely to proceed is important to understanding what to expect as the case moves forward.
One point I will be stressing in each of these articles is the importance of retaining a qualified attorney to assist you with the handling of such a case. If you fail to name all possible defendants, or bring all possible causes of action, then your amount of compensation may be reduced. Worse, you may not be able to recover any damages. Retaining counsel who understands the workings of such matters can be important to your case.
I am a Peoria car accident lawyer who deals with matters involving commercial vehicles. I believe strongly in protecting the rights of individuals over those of corporations and I understand that this is an important time in your life. We will give your case the attention it deserves. If you or a family member have been injured then contact us online or by telephone today. We look forward to speaking with you. My office also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.