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Truck Accidents in Chicago

Why Truck Accidents are so Devastating

If you become involved in an accident with a semi-truck, whether as another driver or a pedestrian, the odds are definitely not in your favor. The average car weighs approximately four-thousand pounds; the average SUV weighs in at around six-thousand pounds; and the average 18-wheeler tips the scales at 80,000 pounds, or about 40 tons. When a truck is cruising down the highway at 55 miles per hour, it will take at least 100 yards (the length of a football field) to make a complete stop.

The rules of the road can be bent and even broke with no ill consequences (if you are lucky), however, the laws of physics are not as flexible. Due to the massive size and weight of semi-trucks, the injuries that occur in these types of accidents are often very severe. Therefore, keeping your eyes open and being aware of how close you are to large trucks while you are out and about is extremely important.

Urban Truck Accidents

Throughout the city and suburbs, trucks perform many types of delivery services each and every day. Most drivers are very good at their jobs and exercise caution regularly. Nevertheless, as with anything, there are exceptions to the rule. If a truck driver is inexperienced, unfamiliar with the type of truck he or she is driving, or unfamiliar with the particular route, the driver may become distracted. Additionally, drivers will often push the limits of driving without enough rest if they feel pressured to do so.

Most catastrophic truck accidents occur on the highways and interstates surrounding the city. However, serious accidents involving trucks also occur within the city limits. These often involve pedestrians or vehicles that are not within the view of the truck driver. Using caution when maneuvering your vehicle or yourself around a truck of any size is a good way to remain safe and avoid an accident.

When to Contact a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or someone close to you has been involved in a truck accident that resulted in injury, it is time to contact an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer. Our dedicated legal team at Shea Law Group has handled hundreds of claims involving trucks and we know what it takes to achieve a fair settlement.  Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 to discuss your case and review your options. There is absolutely no risk, as we never charge a penny unless we win your case for you.