When an accident involving a large truck happens, representatives from the trucking and insurance companies tend to appear almost instantly, and they will often do everything within their power to minimize, or eliminate a claim. They surround the crash site, hound the witnesses, make notes on their clipboards, and usually come up with settlement numbers that are nowhere near enough to cover the damages. When they make their offers, their presentations are swift and persuasive because they will try to settle with you before the reality of your losses actually sinks in. In many cases, their efforts are relentless, and victims like you leave large sums of money behind because of the temptation to settle quickly.
Our attorneys help ensure that truck accident victims get compensation that is fair and appropriate. Before you sign anything or accept any type of settlement offer, call the truck accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis at 312-263-7560 for a free consultation.
The massive size and weight of large commercial trucks often means that an accident leaves severe injuries, permanent disabilities, disfigurement, significant property damage, and death in their wake. After a crash with one of these trucks, victims often face a lifetime of medical treatments, reconstructive surgeries, therapies, and more, and those services don’t come cheap. You may be left unable to return to work for a long period of time, or you may never work again. Even enjoying daily activities or caring for yourself without assistance may become impossible. For some people, the companionship of a loved one is lost for good.
You should not be left to shoulder the burdens of a trucker or trucking company’s mistakes. Although no amount of money can erase the destruction of a large truck accident, a successful claim can help you pay for medical expenses, lost income, property replacement and more. And when trucking companies are forced to pay for their negligence, they are less likely to repeat their mistakes in the future.
With decades of experience in fighting for fair and appropriate compensation for crash victims, the truck accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis have the knowledge, resources and experience to ensure that responsible parties pay for the damages they cause.
Tractor trailers and other large commercial vehicles are involved in approximately 1 out of every 8 motor vehicle fatalities. Every year, large truck accidents kill about 5,000 people in the United States and severely injure approximately 115,000 more. Fully loaded truck that are full on fuel can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, and smaller cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians are no match when a collision occurs. About 86 percent of deaths and 77 percent of injuries that happen in commercial truck accidents are to the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles. With fatigued, impaired and distracted truckers who are rushed to meet deadlines, and the large number of commercial trucks on the road, it’s no surprise that a large truck accident occurs about every 16 minutes.
When these accidents happen, a number of variables can cause truckers, trucking companies, shippers and loaders, and truck and parts manufacturers to be liable for damages. In many cases, more than one entity may be responsible for the crash. The truck accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis dig deep into the details of a truck crash, uncover the evidence, and ensure that all responsible parties are held liable for the damages they cause.
If you were injured in a truck accident or your loved one was killed, do not delay. Before you accept a settlement offer, contact the Chicago truck accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis at 312-263-7560 for a free case evaluation.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
As efforts concerning the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve here in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you that Depaolo & Zadeikis remain committed to three important priorities:
As such, we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and decided to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and other state and local officials. In accordance with these recommendations and until further notice, DePaolo & Zadeikis Attorneys at Law will be making modifications to the delivery of our services until further notice. To be sure, our services will continue to be available to you – just differently as the pandemic response evolves.
Our offices remain open for business; however, we encourage all existing clients to help us limit exposure and the potential spread of COVID-19 by avoiding in-office meetings. We remain open for business virtually during normally scheduled work hours 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday). All email, fax, telephone, and other electronic communication will continue without interruption. If you have a scanner please scan documents and send them to us in.PDF format. If you do not have a scanner, there are smartphone apps available such as CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Genius Scan (and many others), that will turn your smartphone into a document scanner at zero or little cost.
Our local courts continue to update and modify their policies in response to the current COVID-19 situation as well, and we are monitoring those to navigate the impact on your claims. At this point, the Courts and the Illinois Workers Compensation System are operating on a partial basis. We are continuing to advance our cases on an electronic basis as well as telephonically. As the situation evolves, we will advise our clients.
We also know that many of you have been personally impacted in a number of ways, and we apologize for any inconvenience these modifications may cause you but of course we are all experiencing this disruption together and will get through it together. We will resume normal operations as soon as the local, state and national governments give instructions that it is reasonable to do so. We appreciate your flexibility as we do our part to help bring this unprecedented situation under control.
Again, we are fully operational and are actively working on your claims. If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact our office (telephonically or electronically) during office hours so that we can direct your call and follow up accordingly.