This is the final post in a series of articles discussing trucking accident cases in Peoria, Illinois. Such accidents are often catastrophic and can result in serious injuries or death. If a third party’s negligence is the cause of this type of wreck then victims and their families may be entitled to compensation. It is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help ensure your case is handled properly. This will help to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you’re entitled to. The goal of this series was to provide an overview of how such cases are handled and to emphasize the importance of selecting proper counsel to handle your case. Contact my office to speak with a lawyer today.
The topics covered in this series were:
- Identifying all defendants after a truck accident
- Why a trucking accident case can take a significant amount of time to resolve
- How comparative fault laws may impact a truck crash case
- The importance of discovery in trucking accident litigation
- The need for expert witnesses in such matters
- Calculating and proving damages after a trucking accident injury
- What to expect during a truck accident trial
- The possibility of facing a bifurcated trial
Victims and their families should understand these issues for several reasons. First, in many cases, it is not only the driver who may be held responsible for the accident. Other potential defendants may be the vehicle’s owner or the driver’s employer, to name a few. It is important to know who all the potential defendants may be so you receive the proper compensation and so those responsible are held accountable. Second, these types of cases can take a significant amount of time, and it is crucial you are prepared for a lengthy process. Third, Illinois is a comparative fault state, so even if the victim is partially responsible for the accident, they may recover partial damages. Fourth, we discussed the trial process. We explained how discovery is the process by which attorneys gather evidence and how important this part of trial preparation is. We also explained how expert witnesses are crucial to establish the defendant’s liability and the victims’ damages. We also detailed the trial proceeding and what to expect. Lastly, when a crash involves commercial vehicles, multiple defendants and/or significant injuries, we discussed the possibility of having to deal with the case in stages.
We understand that accidents involving trucks can be catastrophic for victims and their families. For this reason it is important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact my office today to speak with a Peoria truck accident lawyer. Our firm also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.