Truck Accidents

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Truck Accidents


Truck accidents are generally more severe as they involve much larger vehicles than the rest of the vehicles on the road. They require a longer stopping distance and thus more time to stop. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that in 2017 there were 311,679 crashes involving motor vehicles in the state. Accidents that involved tractor-trailers made up 3.5 percent of all crashes, 9.6 percent of fatal crashes, and 2.7 percent of injury crashes. An experienced Chicago truck accident attorney can help you if you or someone you love sustained injuries in a truck accident. They will work tirelessly to obtain fair compensation on your behalf.


Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Illinois

Your Joliet truck accident lawyer will study all the facts and information about your accident to determine how it happened and who could be at fault. There are multiple causes of truck accidents, including:

  • Driver fatigue due to little rest and the demand to meet deadlines
  • Distracted driving such as texting, turning on a podcast or eating
  • Consumption of alcohol or drugs including cocaine and methamphetamines that some drivers use to help keep themselves awake
  • Speeding and overtaking in order to get loads delivered on time
  • Inadequate or not enough driver training that meets the requirements of the government
  • Lousy weather conditions which can make large trucks even more of a hazard
  • Improper cargo loading that can cause the truck to lose its balance and tip over or hazardous cargo that is not handled correctly

Truck Accident Lawsuit Filing Deadline

The most crucial thing you must know about your legal rights after a truck accident is that your time to file a lawsuit is limited. The deadline to file a truck accident lawsuit is two years from the date that the accident occurred.

If you do not file within this deadline or have your attorney file a lawsuit on your behalf, you will have no legal right to pursue compensation through the civil court system.

Contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident so that they can begin working on your case. Not only to have it filed on time but also to gather the evidence before it is lost or damaged.

In Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the incident that caused your injury. This means you have two years to file your personal injury lawsuit.

If you do not file within this time period, your legal claim will be invalid.

One way to ensure that your case is filed within the statute of limitations is to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after sustaining your injury.

Your Legal Rights are Time-Sensitive

Not only will contacting a lawyer sooner rather than later help you file your case before the statute of limitations expires, but it will also help ensure that evidence in your case is collected in a timely manner. The more time that goes by, the bigger the risk that evidence could be destroyed or lost.  

Get the Legal Help You Need from Joliet Truck Accident Attorney

A truck accident can change every aspect of your life. You may never be the same physically or emotionally. If a negligent truck driver or another party caused your accident, you need to know that you have the right to compensation under Illinois Civil Law. We can explain all of your legal rights and options so that you can understand them. To schedule your truck accident consultation with an experienced Joliet truck accident lawyer at the Pinkston Law Group, P.C., contact us today.



Whether you’re dealing with a workers’ compensation claim, a civil rights violation, or a personal injury case, you and your family’s best interests are our top priority. Ms. Danielle A. Pinkston of Pinkston Law Group utilizes her extensive legal knowledge to resolve your case, no matter how complex it may be. We share your goals and work closely with you, delivering the exceptional services you need.

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