Personal Injury Lawyers

Serving Chicago Illinois

Were You Injured In A Commercial Vehicle Accident?

An attorney from our firm can help you recover

Chicago is a major national hub of commerce, and it's no accident that commercial vehicles of all shapes and sizes can be seen on our roads every day. These commercial vehicles share the road with other vehicles, and when they're involved in truck accidents, serious injuries can follow.

The Deratany Firm represents people hurt in accidents involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:

  • Delivery trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Refrigerated trucks
  • Cargo vans
  • Agricultural trucks
  • Armored trucks and vans

These commercial vehicles present a real safety hazard for motorists for several reasons. While not as large as tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks, these vehicles are still much larger than passenger cars and pickup trucks. The increased force involved in a collision can lead to serious injuries and extensive property damage.

Driver inexperience, lack of training is often a factor

Because these vehicles are often below the weight limit (26,001 pounds) set by federal law, many of their operators do not possess a commercial driver's license (CDL). That means the driver may not have the training or experience needed to operate the vehicle safely. Many commercial vehicles pose additional challenges for the operator, such as limited visibility or wide turns, that the driver may not be experienced or trained to account for.

Any company that puts a commercial vehicle on the road has a responsibility to make sure that vehicle doesn't pose a danger to other motorists. When companies neglect that responsibility, we hold them accountable.

We'll handle your legal case while you focus on your recovery

When an insurance claim involves a commercial vehicle, the ensuing legal case can be highly complex. There may be multiple insurance companies involved and multiple liable parties, especially if the owner of the vehicle and the owner of the cargo are two different companies. Moreover, these are often high-stakes cases, which means the insurance companies will have teams of attorneys and claims professionals working to reduce their own liability.

You need an attorney with the experience to navigate all of these complexities. As soon as you contact us and retain The Deratany Firm to handle your case, we'll contact the insurance company and let them know you have retained an attorney. From that point forward, we'll handle the insurance company while you concentrate on getting better. We'll find the critical evidence needed to prove liability on the company's part, including training, hiring and supervision records as well as witness testimony and physical evidence from the accident scene. Our team will work to get you a fair settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries. And if the insurance company won't make a fair offer, we will be prepared to take them to trial.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, we can help. Call us at (312) 857-7285 or toll free at (800) 529-7285 for a free consultation.