Illinois highways and roads are packed with commercial vehicles, large tractor-trailers, buses, and 18-wheelers. Accidents involving trucks and other large vehicles can result in significant damage and serious injuries to those involved. Trucking companies and their drivers are subject to strict regulations regarding vehicle safety, driver screening, and training among others. The rules are designed to hold owners and operators accountable and to protect other drivers. Unfortunately, the regulations are not always followed. Violations such as driver fatigue, negligent vehicle maintenance, or lack of proper training often lead to catastrophic accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, it is essential that you contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Damon Young is a Peoria trucking accident lawyer with significant experience handling such matters. If you need assistance, contact our office today.
Peoria injury attorney aggressively representing those injured by a semi-truck
Individuals injured in trucking collisions often suffer serious injuries. These may include paralysis, brain damage, spinal injuries, or wrongful death. Victims of such accidents often require significant medical treatment, immediately and on a long-term basis. They may never be able to return to work, therefore losing a lifetime of potential earnings. For these reasons, damage awards obtained through settlement or at a jury trial must be an amount large enough to adequately compensate the victim and their family. An attorney with trucking accident experience will understand that responsibility for the crash may lie with several defendants, including the driver, the vehicle owner, or leasing company. Identifying every defendant will help maximize your recovery.
After identifying all potential defendants, the next step in a trucking collision case is to present a demand letter for settlement to their respective insurance companies. The demand will include the total estimated damages suffered by the victim and their family. To accurately calculate this figure, the victim’s long-term medical prognosis must be ascertainable. Physicians and other experts will need to understand the prognosis to determine whether and to what extent the injured individual will recover. For obvious reasons, when a serious injury occurs, doing so may be difficult. If a settlement cannot be reached, your attorney will file a lawsuit against the defendants. Starting the litigation process will allow your lawyer to engage in discovery, the process of gathering evidence from third parties. This is especially important in trucking accident cases in light of the vast amount of evidence and documentation that may be available to establish liability. Driver’s logs, personnel records, GPS reports, witness testimony and more can be obtained through the discovery process. Truck crash trials can be complicated and involve complicated legal theories. It is, therefore, important to choose a lawyer experienced in handling such matters.
Damon Young is a Peoria trucking accident attorney who has been representing clients since 2003. Once he is retained to represent you, he will identify the responsible parties and contact them directly to begin settlement negotiations. He will thoroughly investigate the collision and begin the process of gathering and reviewing all evidence available. Damon works directly with your physicians and other experts to understand how the injuries sustained have impacted your life. This allows him to accurately estimate the full amount of damages to which you and your family may be entitled. He knows that trucking companies vigorously defend themselves against liabilities. Damon will not back down from large corporations and will aggressively negotiate settlement terms or take your case to trial. Contact us today for assistance.
Illinois truck accident attorney handling serious injury cases
Our office believes that every personal injury case should be given the attention it deserves. To be handled properly, trucking accident cases require an attorney who is diligent and experienced in these types of matters. Damon maintains regular communication with his clients from the outset of the case through a conclusion. He encourages clients to contact him on his cell phone with all medical or case related updates and strives to promptly answer client inquiries. His experience representing accident victims and their families is invaluable when negotiating settlements and litigating a case at trial. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule a free initial consultation.
In addition to Peoria, our lawyer also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.