Trucks on Southern Illinois highways near Marion

Truck Accident Lawyers in Marion, Il

Offices in Marion, Carbondale, Benton, Harrisburg & Metropolis

Unfortunately truck accident injuries in Southern Illinois are more common than you’d imagine. According to the State of Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics Report, there were 9,296 truck accidents with 1,636 injuries involving semi -trucks in 2020.

In fact, there were 195 truck accident injuries reported in ‘work zone’ areas alone – areas which in theory should be fairly safe because they are normally cordoned off and have warning signals along the roadway in their areas.

Semi truck accidents are more common in Illinois than many other states because of the vicinity to Chicago, a center for trade across the country.


How a truck accident attorney can help you

While one injury is too many, truck accidents do happen. When they do, you need someone who understands insurance companies and the way they operate. They do not want to pay you a settlement and will send an army of lawyers to try to dismiss your case or lower your settlement. That’s why you need truck accident lawyers in your corner that have experience and success in battling insurance companies and obtaining the maximum compensation for clients like you.

We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for semi truck accidents injuries ( as well as pick up trucks accidents, and trailer tractor accidents).

A truck accident lawyer with experience handling commercial truck accident cases knows how to protect your rights and fight for fair compensation for your losses. To seek justice, you need a legal representative who can:

  • Identify liable parties, such as the driver, the trucking company, or the truck or parts manufacturer
  • Negotiate effectively with multiple parties
  • Plan and follow through with a strong legal strategy

At the truck accident law firm of Lawler Lawler Injury Law, we can analyze your case, gather the required evidence, and determine the most effective course of action. We can also ensure that comparative negligence laws are applied correctly to your case. You may be able to collect compensation, even if you are partly responsible for your accident.

How much is a truck accident claim worth?

There is a lot that goes into determining the worth of a commercial truck accident claim. A semi-truck accident attorney will use several factors to place a value on your case, including:

  • Current and future accident-related medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • The permanence of your physical injuries
  • Amount of property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and psychological damage
  • Wrongful death

Your Lawler Lawler truck accident lawyer will use these details when determining the value of your case. Taking the first offer from an insurance adjuster will almost always result in you receiving far less compensation than you deserve.

Determining truck accident liability

Assigning responsibility for a truck crash is more complicated than determining blame in a car crash because there are usually multiple parties to blame for the truck collision. If you’ve been involved in a commercial truck crash, you could receive compensation from the following entities:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • The tire manufacturer
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The cargo company responsible for safely loading the truck

When proving liability, there are four common elements that must be established to prove legal liability, including:

  • There was an expected duty that the driver and the truck would operate safely
  • There was a breach of that duty by one or more parties
  • The breach of duty directly or indirectly caused the accident
  • The accident resulted in bodily injury and/or property damage

Since many factors can come together in a truck accident, hiring a truck accident attorney is critical. At Lawler Lawler Injury Law, we have access to investigative resources that can help us determine who is responsible for your crash. We also have the experience to help us tie the causes of your accident together.

Common injuries resulting from truck accidents

Passenger vehicles are much smaller and lighter than semi-trucks. When there is a collision involving the two, the car passengers often receive more severe injuries, including:

  • Soft-tissue damage

  • Bone fractures or breaks

  • Loss of limbs

  • Paralysis

  • Whiplash

  • Concussion

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Crush injuries

  • Internal bleeding

  • Organ damage

Injuries sustained because of a truck crash can be debilitating. They often require months of expensive rehabilitation and therapy. If you were not at fault for the truck crash, you should not be responsible for these medical bills.


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At Lawler Lawler Injury Law, you don’t pay unless we win

Victims of a truck collision often wonder how they can afford a truck accident attorney. At the truck accident law firm of Lawler Lawler Injury Law, we don’t want our clients to have the added stress of paying for legal expenses out of pocket. We work for you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t pay us unless you collect damages.

Contact us for a free case evaluation

We are available to discuss your case with you at no obligation. Contact semi truck accident lawyers Lawler and Lawler in Marion, Metropolis, Harrisburg, Carbondale and Benton, Illinois at 618-529-9377 or click here.

Truck accident lawyer FAQ

Oftentimes, people injured in an accident with a truck have questions about the legal process and their options. Here are a few of the more common questions we receive from clients.

Truck accidents can be worse than car accidents for several reasons. The weight and size of commercial trucks make them difficult to maneuver and stop quickly. Truck accidents can also make it difficult for first responders to access the crash scene. This can leave victims trapped in their cars longer.

When you are considering legal action concerning your injuries, it’s important to hire a lawyer with the experience you need to give you strong representation. Any attorney you work with should have a focus on accident cases and have access to a wide range of investigative resources.

It’s a good idea to contact a lawyer as soon as you are able to. Insurance adjusters may approach you and offer a quick settlement soon after the accident. By signing any documents they bring you, you may be taking less money and waiving your rights to pursue future legal action. You should not sign any offers without consulting an attorney.

The state of Illinois allows two years for victims to file lawsuits regarding any personal injuries, including those caused by truck accidents. You must file suit within two years of the date of the accident, or you will likely lose your right to file a claim.

Settlements in personal injury cases take anywhere from weeks to months. If a trial is required, the process could take even longer. Several factors affect the length of time it might take to settle your claim, including the number of parties involved and the level of complication in determining fault.

Victims typically receive their damages within about six weeks after a settlement. If the damages were awarded by a jury verdict after a trial, it could take longer. This is because the defendants may appeal the verdict and drag the legal process out. Once the settlement funds are received, the medical bills are paid first. Then all legal expenses, such as attorney’s fees and court costs, are paid. The victim receives their money last.