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Illinois drivers share the road with various other motor vehicles every day. Whether you are traveling Interstate 24 or any of the other 21 primary highways that cross the state, or just cruising your local city streets, it is likely that you are sharing the road with a large truck. By definition a large truck is a truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds and may or may not be a commercial vehicle. Common large trucks include tractor trailers or semi trucks with or without a trailer, 18-wheeler, construction trucks, dump trucks, moving trucks, delivery and garbage trucks.

Large trucks, truck drivers, and trucking companies are a vital part of our economy and are necessary to keep the store shelves stocked and our lives running smoothly. As the population grows, the need for commercial trucks increases. More trucks on the road unfortunately means an increased risk of being involved in a large truck crash.

Truck accidents are an increasing problem, not just in Illinois but throughout the United States. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in 2020, over 100,000 large trucks were involved in injury accidents and, tragically, nearly 5,000 large trucks (vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds) were involved in fatal truck accidents.

The damage to individuals and property from a truck accident can be extensive. Experienced truck accident attorneys help individuals and families who have suffered losses due to a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck.

The Mike Morse Law Firm has extensive experience litigating truck accident claims involving various types of commercial and noncommercial large trucks. Whether you were involved in a semi truck accident, garbage truck wreck, or other commercial truck accident, the skilled truck accident lawyers at Mike Morse Law Firm can help you settle your personal injury claim. With over $1.5 billion won for our clients, Mike Morse has a successful track record you can trust. Call Mike Morse Law Firm at 855-MIKE-WINS or visit for help today.

Why Are Truck Accidents So Dangerous?

When large trucks make contact with other vehicles on the road, the results can be devastating. Truck accidents are incredibly dangerous for a variety of reasons.

Weight and Size: The simple fact is that large trucks can weigh 20 times more than the average passenger vehicle and have a much taller profile. The added weight and size means trucks take longer to stop, are harder to maneuver, and have a larger blind spot. When a passenger vehicle and a large truck collide, the car and its occupants are often on the losing end due to the sheer force of the impact.

Dangerous Cargo: Tractor trailer accidents can be especially dangerous due to the cargo they are carrying. Some trucks on the road are hauling flammable materials, hazardous chemicals, and even livestock. In a car accident with a tractor trailer, the load can spill onto the roadway scattering debris and deadly hazards that could impact multiple drivers and cause a pileup. Victims can also be directly impacted by spilled cargo and experience additional injuries and losses.

Truck accidents present a unique and concerning danger to everyone on the road. Extreme caution must be taken at all times. It is in everyone’s best interest to give commercial vehicles plenty of space and consideration while driving. In the unfortunate event that a truck accident does occur, contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck crashes are often caused by unique conditions directly related to the truck, the driver, the trucking company and even a parts manufacturer. In addition, trucking accidents are also impacted by the same conditions everyone else navigates on the road every day.

Common causes of trucking accidents include:

Truck Driver Fatigue: Driving a large truck while drowsy is a recipe for disaster. Trucking industry and government regulations limit how many hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel but that doesn’t mean the regulations are always followed, or that a driver is well rested and alert. Pressure to meet delivery deadlines from a trucking company can force a truck driver to push the limits of his or her endurance and lead to commercial vehicle accidents.

Distracted Driving: Long hours on the road without a break can be boring and lead to distracted driving. Eating behind the wheel, using a cell phone to talk or text, changing radio stations, even a companion animal in the rig can take a truck driver’s mind off the job at hand and lead to a semi truck accident.

Improperly Loaded Cargo: Semi truck accidents can be caused by freight that isn’t balanced or property secured. Shifting inventory can cause a large commercial truck to jack-knife and cause a roll over accident. Cargo that falls from a truck can cause a car accident and lead to serious injuries for the other drivers. Improperly loaded cargo often results in a truck accident lawsuit.

Truck Driver Error: Truck crash cases are often caused by a mistake made by the truck driver. Misjudging distance, driving too fast for the conditions, overreaction or underreacting to the changing road conditions can all lead to a semi truck accident.

Mechanical and Parts Failure: To keep a semi truck running smooth and without incident often requires a team of mechanics, parts supplies, and inspectors. Failure to make timely repairs and complete the proper inspections creates a dangerous situation on the road, causes accidents, and often ends with a personal injury case against the responsible parties.

If you have been involved in a car accident involving a large truck, you need an experienced truck accident attorney. Truck accident cases can be complicated and involve multiple responsible parties. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case and ensure that the right people are held accountable for their actions. You don’t have to take on the trucking company alone. Call Mike Morse Law Firm for help with your truck accident case today at 855-MIKE-WINS or visit We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Truck Accidents Cause Serious Injuries For Victims

Truck accidents are different from other car accidents due to the inherent weight and size difference between passenger vehicles and semi trucks. When there is an accident, passenger vehicles inevitably lose, and so do their occupants. Truck accidents often cause severe injuries that can cause permanent, life-changing damage to the victims which may take a life-time of care and recovery.

Trucking accident injuries often include but are not limited to:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: May result in temporary or permanent paralysis, chronic pain, chronic weakness in arms or legs. These types of injuries often need rehabilitation and medical care on an ongoing or even permanent basis.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: Severe injuries sustained in a truck accident often cause damage to the victims brain ranging from mild to severe concussion, brain swelling, bruising, skull fractures etc. Accident victims with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) often undergo prolonged medical treatment and need sustained support and care.
  • Fractures: Broken legs, arms, fingers, hands, knees are all common types of fractures resulting from a truck accident. Such severe injuries often need surgery to repair and require physical therapy and rehabilitation to regain function.
  • Loss of Limbs: Truck accident victims may suffer the loss of a limb that either occurs in the accident itself or as a surgical amputation necessitated by the truck accident injuries. Prosthetic devices, retraining, vocational rehab, and ongoing care is often the result.
  • Disfigurement: Fire, chemical burns and other injuries may result in severe scarring and lead to a significant change in a victim’s appearance. Physically and psychology, suffering disfigurement is painful and requires medical and psychological assistance and may need ongoing support and care.
    Truck accident lawsuits are filed in an attempt to seek compensation for the severe injuries and damages a victim has suffered in a truck accident. A truck accident lawyer can help truck accident victims hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions.
    Tragically, not all victims of truck accidents survive. Semi truck accidents often end with the loss of life. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, an experienced semi truck accident lawyer can investigate a wrongful death claim on your behalf and seek damages to help your family recover financially and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Truck Accident Victim Compensation

If you have been involved in a truck accident, inevitably your life has undergone a major disruption. Medical bills begin to pile up, you can’t work and along with the physical pain is the constant worry about how you are going to manage financially with your lost wages. A truck accident attorney can help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses beyond what the insurance company is willing to cover. Insurance company limits may not be broad enough in scope to cover the extent of your damages if you have suffered a serious injury. In order to maximize your compensation it is important that you discuss your truck accident case with an attorney as soon as possible after your trucking accident.

Compensation that is available to trucking accident victims may include:

  • All medical expenses
  • Ambulance fees
  • Surgery expenses
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
    In the case of a wrongful death, additional compensation may be available such as:
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Lost benefits

Truck accident attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm understand that no amount of financial compensation can turn back the hands of time and fully restore you and your family to life before the accident. However, receiving a settlement can go a long way in easing the stress and worry of the financial burden the truck accident has caused. Additionally, holding truck drivers accountable for their actions when they cause car accidents can put your mind at ease and you can rest easy knowing justice was served.

The truck accident attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm are experienced and skilled in handling truck accident cases and are determined to hold the trucking company, truck driver, and any other negligent party accountable for their actions on your behalf.

 Can Multiple Parties Be Included In My Truck Accident Claim?

Whether a truck accident was caused by truck driver negligence, a failed trucking company policy, mechanical breakdown or all of the above, truck accident personal injury cases can include every person or entity that is legally negligent and liable for damages in your case.

Truck crashes are often caused by one or more events and a personal injury lawsuit can include all responsible parties. Personal injury lawyers will investigate your case from every angle and make recommendations on who can be held legally liable in your case. Some possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • Parts manufacturer
  • Mechanic
  • Freight and cargo loading personnel
  • and more
    To get answers to specific questions regarding your truck accident case, contact Mike Morse Law Firm for a free consultation. There is no obligation and no cost to you, only answers and the comfort of knowing you are not in this alone. Call 855-MIKE-WINS or visit

Do I Have To Have A Lawyer To File A Claim?

You can file a trucking accident personal injury claim without a truck accident lawyer but it is not advisable. Truck accident cases, especially with injuries, can be complicated and your chances of success drop considerably if you decide to go it alone.

An experienced truck accident lawyer will have your best interest in mind. This isn’t the case with insurance companies who hope you will succumb to pressure and accept a low-ball offer, usually far less than your case is worth.

The parties liable for your accident will most definitely have legal representation working to shield them from the consequences of their actions and you need legal representation that isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with opposing counsel and defend your right to fair compensation.

An experienced truck accident lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and will not agree to any settlement that isn’t in your best interest. If a fair settlement cannot be agreed upon, your lawyer will take your case to court. Legal representation assures that your rights are upheld and the facts of your case are presented clearly and professionally.

Contacting a personal injury attorney with extensive truck accident experience protects you from making a costly, irreparable mistake that may impact the validity of your claim.

What Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

The specifics of your case are unique and the circumstances surrounding your personal injuries require a full investigation by a team of truck accident lawyers to truly determine the settlement amount. However, in general, the dollar amount is impacted by the extent of your injuries, the actual economic losses you’ve suffered and continue to suffer, as well as the projected, ongoing impacts the accident will have on your day to day life.

Truck accident lawyers can look at the facts of your case and be sure to include the total and complete amount of damages you’ve suffered. Victims who try to settle their claim without the assistance of truck accident lawyers, invariably miss some key elements and settle for less than they deserve.

Mike Morse Law Firm Helps Truck Accident Victims

If you have been involved in a truck accident and believe that the driver, trucking company or any other party was negligent, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your losses. We understand that you are under a tremendous amount of stress, physical pain and financial worry. In order to alleviate the burden, Mike Morse offers a free consultation where we can discuss your case and determine the best course of action. In addition, you don’t pay any fees until we win your case. It’s that simple. Let Mike Morse Law Firm stand by your side and represent you and your family’s best interest. To schedule your free consultation, call 855-MIKE-WINS or visit Let us help you get your life back.


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