Why do you need an attorney for a commercial vehicle accident?
In car crashes, there are typically only two parties and at the most, two insurance companies to deal with. But car crashes are often confusing enough when it’s just one injured party plus the negligent driver. When it comes to accidents that involve commercial vehicles, handling these types of crashes involves an entirely different set of legal issues and potential problems.
Finding out exactly who is negligent and responsible for providing the injured party with compensation can be incredibly confusing. The injured party may need to go through the driver’s employer or the person who owns the commercial vehicle to get just compensation, instead of obtaining compensation through the at-fault driver directly. The company may fail to take responsibility for their negligent driver, leaving the accident victim with a convoluted, legal mess.
The easiest way to get through a personal injury lawsuit and ensure that you’re justly compensated for your pain and suffering is to hire an experienced Chicago commercial vehicle accident law firm for your case. At Budin Law, our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in Illinois laws and have the experience necessary to handle the complexities of commercial vehicle accidents on your behalf.
What is the definition of a commercial vehicle?
A commercial vehicle is a vehicle that’s driven and operated for commercial purposes. It’s not necessary, however, for a driver to hold a commercial driver’s license. In most cases, a commercial vehicle is owned by a business or driven for business purposes. Commercial vehicles are supposed to be covered under a commercial liability insurance policy. Some examples of a commercial vehicle may include:
- A taxi
- Delivery vans
- Tow trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Hotel shuttles
How are commercial vehicle accidents different than most car wrecks?
The process of investigating a crash and filing a personal injury claim is roughly the same as the process involved in a typical car wreck. But there are different legal principles at play that are used to determine negligence and liability in commercial vehicle crashes. There is a negligent driver involved, but there is also a business involved in commercial vehicle crashes, too. In a typical car wreck, there is no other business entity involved. This can complicate matters when it comes to who is responsible for paying out the claim.
In crashes that involve two personally owned vehicles, the injured person’s attorney will determine the negligence of the at-fault driver and pursue a claim against that person and their insurance company. When it comes to a commercial vehicle wreck though, our Chicago commercial vehicle accident attorneys may need to file a claim against the negligent driver’s employer too. Or, a claim may need to be filed against the company that owns the commercial vehicle if that company is different than the driver’s employer.
Also, commercial vehicles that require drivers to hold a commercial driver’s license can complicate lawsuits further. Some specific rules and regulations govern these licenses that a driver is required to follow. For example, a semi-truck driver is obligated under federal regulations to limit the time they drive, to under a certain number of hours. Truckers that exceed this limit and then cause an accident open up a different avenue that your attorney can use to prove negligence and get you the compensation you deserve.
What can someone recover under commercial vehicle accident law?
Commercial vehicles are usually heavier, larger cars and trucks that can cause far more damage to someone’s property and person than regular passenger vehicles. Our team of Chicago commercial vehicle accident attorneys has helped accident victims recover millions of dollars in damages for their pain and suffering. Commercial vehicle accident victims often experience severe injuries and sky-high medical bills as a result of a driver’s careless behavior behind the wheel. Fortunately, commercial liability policies tend to have much higher limits than the policy typically held on a passenger vehicle. Successful claims have a much higher chance of recovering fair compensation against a commercial liability policy. Some of the damages you can recover under Illinois personal injury include:
- Lost past and future wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Disability and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
If you’ve been injured because of a commercial vehicle driver, it’s critical that you obtain the services of an experienced Chicago commercial vehicle accident law firm asap. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to establish negligence and hold the at-fault parties accountable for your injuries.
What can Budin Law Offices do for your personal injury claim?
When you contact the law offices of Budin commercial vehicle accident attorneys in Chicago, we will thoroughly investigate your claim and obtain crucial evidence on your behalf. We’ll gather police reports, witness testimonies, your medical bills, and we may also enlist the services of engineering, medical, and accident recreation experts for your case. Our negotiations and arguments against the insurance company are designed to get you the maximum settlement amount under Illinois personal injury law. Our attorneys have represented clients throughout the Chicago area. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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