Having a truck accident is never an ideal situation in Illinois or anywhere you are located. Accidents can happen when you least expect it. That is why our team at Heller, Trakhtman & Associates have put together an article detailing who is liable for a truck accident in the state of Illinois. By putting together the three possible outcomes for whomever is liable for the truck accident.
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Who is Liable for a Truck Accident in Illinois?
If you have been involved in an accident involving a truck in Illinois, you may be wondering who is liable for the damages. This is an important question, as it can have a major impact on the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries and other losses. Determining who is liable for the truck accident can be determined by multiple factors. The factors can be from if the other driver was at fault, trucking company, or even the truck manufacturer.
First, the driver of the truck may be liable for any damages caused by the accident. Under Illinois law, the driver is responsible for operating the vehicle in a safe and prudent manner. If the driver was negligent in any way, then they may be liable for the resulting damages. This includes any injuries or property damages caused by the accident.
The trucking company may also be liable for the accident. The company is responsible for ensuring that the truck is properly maintained and that the driver is properly trained and qualified to operate it. If the trucking company failed to do so, then they may be held liable for any resulting damages.
Lastly, the truck manufacturer may be liable for the accident. If the truck was defective in any way, then the manufacturer may be held liable for any resulting damages. This includes any injury or property damage caused by the defect.
Should you Hire an Attorney?
The following statements are reasons why you may want to hire an attorney to represent your truck accident case if it was the other driver’s fault, the trucking company, or the truck manufacturer. Our team Heller, Trakhtman & Associates are prepared to help you. With over 75 years of combined experience our team is ready to help your case in Cook and Lake Counties, in addition to Southeastern Wisconsin. Click here today for your free consultation! Otherwise you can call us at 847-929-9624.