This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on dealing with Peoria, Illinois car accident cases which involve commercial vehicles. I considered this an important topic because accident cases involving semi-trucks, delivery drivers, Uber drivers or other commercial vehicles present more complex issues than typical car cases. The goal of my recent articles was to provide information which will help injury victims understand the unique nature of these types of cases. It is also my goal to provide information to 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 dealt with a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed include:
- Why commercial vehicle accidents often involve multiple defendants
- Dealing with insurance carriers in commercial vehicle accident cases
- The impact of comparative fault on such cases
- The importance of discovery
- What to expect at trial
There are a number of reasons why I focused on these subjects. First, cases involving commercial vehicles implicate the driver, the employer and other possible third parties. This is because employers can be held liable for the acts of their employees if acting in the scope of their employment. It is important to understand the complexities of dealing with multiple defendants. Second, the at-fault party’s insurance carrier will commonly contact accident victims after an accident. The victim should understand that the carrier is not protecting their interest, but rather is seeking to settle for the least amount of recovery possible. Third, Illinois is a comparative fault state. This means that any damages awarded to the injured victim will be reduced to the extent the Court found the victim partially liable for the accident. Fourth, the process of discovery is a crucial part of litigation that will support the victim’s claim for damages. It is important to know the methods of discovery, including how to use Interrogatories, Requests for Productions, and Depositions to obtain useful information against the Defendants. Lastly, a trial involving a commercial defendant can be a complex and lengthy process. The trial will begin with selection of a jury, then presentation of evidence by the Plaintiff. The Defendants will then present their case followed by an opportunity by the Plaintiff to present rebuttal evidence. The trial will conclude with closing arguments and jury deliberation.
One point I emphasized in each of these articles is the complexity of auto accidents involving commercial vehicles and how critical it is to have legal representation. Choosing an experienced attorney for these types of matters is important to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you are owed. If you have been a victim of an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it is imperative to contact a Peoria personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. My firm represents injury victims of auto accidents and understands this complex area of the law. My office is devoted to achieving the best outcome possible for our clients and will be in regular contact with you throughout the process. Contact our office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. My office also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.