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Waukegan Truck Accident Lawyers
The city of Waukegan is of vital importance to the transportation industry in Northern Illinois, and I-94 brings regular trucking traffic through the city en route to Chicago or Milwaukee. Its harbor serves roughly a hundred cargo ships every year, and its regional airport is equipped with a customs facility, which allows companies to import international freight.
The steady trucking traffic that flows through Waukegan increases the likelihood that drivers may be involved in accidents with semi-tractors, and the increased rate of drivers operating rigs while fatigued only increases this risk. The Waukegan truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC feel that the only way to force trucking companies to prioritize safety is to ensure that they are held to account for acts of negligence.Waukegan is Home to Numerous Warehouses and Shipping Centers
An industrial port off of Lake Michigan connects Waukegan to Chicago and Milwaukee in addition to allowing the shipment of materials to Canada. Gold Bond Building Products, LaFarge Corp, and St. Mary's Cement Corp are the three most significant companies with facilities at the port.
Gold Bond Building Products is a large importer of gypsum, which is commonly used in drywall, plaster, and other construction materials. Both LaFarge Corporation and the St. Mary's Cement Corp are responsible for supplying contractors throughout the greater Chicago area. Commercial trucking companies are responsible for the shipment of these materials throughout the Midwest.
Waukegan is also home to Uline, which distributes shipping materials such as boxes and packing materials. Its facility in Waukegan is one of ten across the North American continent.Trucking Accidents are More Common in Urban Areas
In 2013, there were nearly 11,000 trucking accidents reported in the State of Illinois, and crashes were most common in densely populated areas and urban streets. Waukegan's location invites millions of vehicles through its city every year. In only one year between 2012 and 2013, the number of trucking fatalities in Illinois increased by nearly 13%, which has been a cause for both for alarm and to demand reform. In 2013, 1,744 people were injured, and 94 people were killed in trucking accidents.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers are much more deadly than any other type of accident. Of over 407,000 reported accidents, including passenger vehicles, there were 822 fatalities. While there were only 10,971 truck crashes reported in the same period, those incidents resulted in 102 deaths. 0.2% of accidents involving passenger vehicles resulted in deaths compared to 1% of those involving trucks. You are five times more likely to suffer life-ending injuries in a truck accident than an accident with another car.Deadly and Dangerous Waukegan Trucking Accidents
Recent accidents in Waukegan, Illinois, have revealed how hazardous streets and interstate our in the area for residents and visitors. Some of those accidents include:
- In July 2020, a fifty-eight-year-old motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with a semi-tractor-trailer in Waukegan. The local Police Department and Fire Department responded to the call at approximately 2:00 PM and found a two-vehicle crash at Sunset Avenue and Lewis Avenue. At the time of the accident, both the semi-tractor-trailer and the Harley-Davidson were traveling northbound the truck driver was pulling his vehicle to the right to allow an ambulance to pass and never saw the motorbike before striking the biker who was not wearing a helmet.
- In July 2020, a thirteen-year-old bicycle rider was fatally hit by a truck while crossing Cleveland Avenue and Waukegan Road. Witnesses state that the young boy was riding his bike in front of the truck before being struck. EMTs transferred the youth to the Lutheran General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. One resident in the area stated that the intersection is dangerous.
In 2018, the Illinois Department of Transportation identified 2141 accidents occurring within the city limits of Waukegan, Illinois, resulting in five deaths and 923 injuries. By far, rear-end collisions (496), turning accidents (519), and hitting a vehicle in an angle (334), topped the list of leading factors in crashes in the city. The five deaths included one victim hit and an angle, one victim involved in a head-on collision, and one pedestrian.The Right to Compensation for Injuries Related to a Waukegan Large Truck Crash
It is well known that injuries suffered in tractor-trailer accidents are more severe and require more extensive treatment. In many cases, the survivors' lives are forever changed due to injuries of a permanent nature.
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck driver and there is sufficient evidence to prove that the driver or the driver's employer acted negligently, you are entitled to compensation. The damages that you can reasonably demand include the following.
- The cost of emergency medical treatment and any treatment that is required to facilitate your physical recovery. This expense includes surgical procedures and physical therapy
- Out of pocket expenses that can be linked to your injuries
- Wages lost, should you be unable to perform your duties at work and are forced to remain at home during your physical recovery
- Long-term care and pain and suffering if your injuries impact the quality of your life
For more information about your rights and how to maximize the value of your claim, contact one of the Waukegan truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our comprehensive team of experts includes physicians, social workers, economists, and vehicle accident reconstruction specialists, in addition to an award-winning legal team.
If you or a loved one were involved in a commercial truck accident, you are likely entitled to file a personal injury case for compensation against the insurance company. Contact (888) 424-5757 now to schedule a free case evaluation. We have helped thousands of clients across Illinois recover the compensation that they deserve for the treatment of their serious injuries and are so sure of our ability to help you that our services will be free if we fail.
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