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The Dangers of Severe Injuries in Semi-Truck Crashes

Posted on in Truck Accidents

Will County truck accident lawyerPlainfield, IL is home to a convergence of traffic thoroughfares. Highway 59 runs through the city to the north and south, Highway 126 to the west and northeast, and Highway 30 to the northwest and southwest. Each of these three local highways crosses paths with Interstate 55, the mighty freeway that carries commerce and commuters between the Chicago area and St. Louis. If you venture on or near I-55 during morning or evening rush hour, you will doubtlessly see vehicles of every type, including throngs of semi-trucks. 

With so much activity, and so much of it ridden with intensity by the time deadlines and the expectations of drivers, accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks are an unfortunate reality in and around the Plainfield area. Fortunately, Illinois state law allows for truck accident victims to seek financial recourse for the harms and losses suffered in a collision. 

Personal Injuries Sustained in a Collision With a Large Truck May Be Severe 

It can be unnerving to be driving aside, behind, or between semi-trucks – especially during rush hour on I-55. Your visual field may become limited. You may become frustrated when the flow of traffic is blocked or slowed by a wall of semi-trucks. You have also likely experienced the anxiety of passing a semi-trailer truck in the left lane and seeing the truck come too close to your vehicle for comfort. The stress caused by the potential for an accident can be even worse when road shoulders are closed off during road construction. 

When the worst happens, and the negligence of another driver causes a truck accident, what began as an ordinary commute becomes a nightmare. Besides the damage inflicted on your vehicle, severe injuries may be suffered, including but not limited to:

  • Broken bones and lacerations
  • Concussions
  • Spinal damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Death

Following an accident, tending to your healthcare needs is an obvious first priority, but next is the matter of obtaining the compensation you need for your injuries and other losses.

Obtaining Full Compensation For Your Damages

A vehicle can be repaired or replaced. Even a broken bone can heal and be as good as new. Severe injuries, however, can threaten your livelihood by limiting your ability, whether partially or totally, to perform the duties required of your job. This is especially the case if your work requires strenuous physical labor. To ensure that you receive compensation for not just your present vehicle damage and medical bills, but also for your future medical expenses, any lost income due to missed work, and the pain and suffering you have experienced, you should work with a skilled attorney.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, Flaherty Law can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Plainfield personal injury attorney at 815-577-7500 to arrange a free consultation today.

Sources: 

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1865&ChapterID=50

 

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