Many residents in Chicago have relatives that have been the victims of truck accidents that resulted in serious injuries or even death. The sorrow and anguish of such an occurrence never really leaves the victims and their families. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the occurrence of such accidents as a result of the increase in the traffic of trucks, tractors, trailers and other big rig vehicles that ply the area on their way to pick up and deliver cargo.
If the vehicles involved in the accident were to be normal passenger cars of average size, there would usually be a limit of sorts to the amount of damage that will be inflicted on both cars. This is because of the fact that both cars have relatively small and similar sizes and weights. The damage will also likely be evenly distributed between the cars. Also, in a car accident, it would be very easy to precisely point out the parties involved and to settle the matter of where liability lies exactly in a short period of time. Occasionally, the issue of an employer comes up and that complicates things a bit but on the whole, car accidents are very easy nuts to crack regarding the issue of determining liability.
In the event that the accident in question was one involving a truck, semi, tractor, trailer or any other type of big rig vehicle used to transport cargo from one part of the country to another, the damage would almost entirely be borne by the smaller car. The truck and its driver are likely to escape from the crash virtually unscathed or with very minor damage while the car will have been mangled, crumpled and often simply thrown to the side of the road.
The damage done to vehicles is horrible all on its own, but when considered alongside the injuries that are suffered by the occupants of the passenger cars, a truck accident begins to be a truly horrific occurrence. Broken bones, fractured skulls, damaged spinal cords and internal injuries are all common features of the scene of a truck accident. That is even assuming that the occupants manage to survive, considering the very high rate of fatalities in truck accidents. In the event that the victims survive the accident and eventually heal in a hospital, there is a strong likelihood that they will be plagued with mental issues for the rest of their lives, as a result of the trauma they experienced in the accident.
It is important that when an accident occurs that is believed to have been the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, a Chicago truck accidents law firm is called in as soon as possible (by the victim or relatives, if the victim is to injured or dead) to begin to work on building a claim against the liable party. The different parties involved in the trucking business and their convoluted relationships can make it difficult to determine the position of things when it comes to making a claim as a result of a truck accident. It would be a very great boost to the chances of the claim being successful if a knowledgeable, experienced lawyer is put to work immediately so he can have the most time to investigate, collect evidence and build up a strong case.
While monetary compensation will definitely be insufficient to make up for the injuries, both physical and psychological, or even the death of a loved one, it is very important that steps be taken to put things in place for a successful claim against the truck company or any other liable party. Often, the victims and their family relegate such concerns to the background with the rationale that the most important thing is the health of the victim. That is certainly true, but it is also very important for the people responsible for such a terrible occurrence to be punished, so that they do not go scot-free without having suffered in any way for their actions.Also, with the rising costs of medical treatment, it will likely be very beneficial to have some money from which the family can draw to take care of hospital bills or final expenses.