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Car and Trucking Accidents

A person injured in a automobile accident may be able to recover money from the driver who caused the accident.  There are many reasons why car accidents occur.  For example, accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who talk or text while driving, disregard red
lights, fail to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front of them, or drive too fast for conditions.  Car accidents can cause permanent severe, injury - even death.  In 2014, there were 296,049 accidents involving automobiles in Illinois. Eight hundred and five (845) of these were fatal accidents, totaling 924 deaths.  Worse than the injury itself, is the fact that insurance companies use every tactic available to them to avoid compensating the injured fully for his or her medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Large trucks were involved in 589 traffic crashes in Illinois in 2014, 16 of which were fatal; according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  Many lives have been altered as a result of these accidents, but not all have been compensated.
When involved in a large trucking accident skill is required to receive financial compensation for personal injury, product liability, and/or wrongful death claims.  This type of case is time sensitive and requires the expertise of an experienced attorney.  
Representing those injured in trucking accidents is slightly different from regular car accidents.   It requires an intermingling of both state and federal transportation law.  This
intricate play of law is needed to place fault on any possible cause of the
accident.  The most common causes of trucking accidents are automotive defects or a driver's negligence or carelessness.  This includes:
  •  Defective design 
  •  Driver distraction 
  • Driver fatigue 
  • Driver inexperience 
  • DUI / DWI 
  • Excessive vehicle weight or improperly secured cargo 
  • Improper backing
  • Improper maintenance 
  • Lack of vehicle safety features,such as
  • under-ride protection guards Speeding,
  • unsafe lane changes or other traffic law violations 
  • Vehicle equipment failure 
      Harris Law Firm is skilled and prepared to aggressively handle this type of case.  If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule a consultation with Jesse Harris, please call (773) 221-4388.  Also, you can email Mr. Harris at