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Commercial Truck Accidents

Rely on us after your tractor-trailer, delivery truck accident

Accidents involving tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles in Chicago are often very serious. Many of these trucks weigh thousands of pounds more than most cars on the road - 70,000 or 80,000 pounds instead of the typical weight of a passenger car at around 3,000 pounds. And since many truck drivers are under constant pressure to get their work done quickly, and drive too far with insufficient rest, many 18-wheelers are often going very fast on congested highways.

But there's no excuse for driving a truck so recklessly. That's why we take such cases so seriously at Coplan & Crane. We're committed to helping people injured in all types of truck accidents. As one of the leading tractor-trailer accident law firms in Chicago and Oak Park, we have helped countless people dealing with serious truck accidents throughout Illinois.

We have a strong track record for obtaining multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for truck accident victims. In one case, we obtained a $2.5 million settlement for the family of a man killed in a head-on collision with an 80,000 pound tractor trailer that crossed the center line of the road. That accident involved a fatigued truck driver. But the causes of truck accidents often cover a wide range.

Inexperienced Truck Drivers Often Cause Serious Truck Accidents

"What are the leading causes of truck crashes? Level of training. One of the factors we find to be a common contributor to truck crashes is the level of training a trucking company gives its drivers before they allow them to climb behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound truck. You'll see trucking schools. You'll see driver training schools. But the responsibilities of the trucking companies don't end there. " -Greg Coplan

"Did your truck accident happen on a highway near Chicago?"

Highway accidents involving trucks and buses in Illinois can be devastating. Due to the sheer size of the vehicles and the high speeds many vehicles travel on the highway, such accidents can often be extremely severe, involve several vehicles and multiple injuries.

At Coplan & Crane, we fight tirelessly for victims of highway accidents in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and across the country. Some of the more dangerous highways include I-55, I-57, I-80, I-88 (the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway), I-90 (the Kennedy Expressway), I-94 (the Dan Ryan Expressway) and I-290 (the Eisenhower Expressway). Highway accidents happen for many reasons. When you're dealing with truck and bus accidents on a highway, the reasons range from speeding to distracted driving (drivers using cellphones to talk or text) to erratic behavior and driving under the influence.

Whatever the reason, you shouldn't have to suffer due to someone else's mistakes. We fight for those injured in highway accidents, where we have seen some of the following serious injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fatal injuries

"If I File a Lawsuit For a Truck Crash Will it go to Trial?"

"If I am involved in a truck crash and file a lawsuit, will it go all the way to trial? I can tell you that the vast majority of our cases settle. I can also tell you my response to the question when I get it is, we prepare all of our cases as though they are going to be tried. We work very hard to make certain that we gather all the information necessary to represent our clients as well as we can." -Greg Coplan

We can investigate your truck accident and cut through the red tape

If you have lost a loved one due to a serious highway accident caused by another driver, you may have grounds for a legitimate wrongful death case. We know how hard it must be to deal with everything in such difficult times. That's why we want to work with you to help your family get your lives back on track.

Discover what we can do for you. Contact our law firm right now. We can answer your questions about your truck accident and find the facts you need to build a strong case. This includes tracking down trucking companies (which are often located far away) and negotiating with insurance providers. They don't intimidate us. That's because we're focused on helping accident victims just like you.

When truck drivers are negligent, many trucking companies send "rapid response teams" of investigators out to the scene of an accident to take witness statements, photographs, and find evidence to defend the case. The trucking company may even download data from the "electronic control module" (ECM) from the engine of the truck to see what its driver did wrong, potentially preventing another data download from taking place. In addition, the more time that passes after a truck crash, the more likely it is the trucking company or truck driver will "lose" or destroy documents that are critically important in establishing liability for the truck driver's misconduct. This is why it's so crucial to contact the experienced truck accident lawyers at Coplan & Crane to find and preserve essential evidence-to protect your rights, and hold the negligent driver and trucking company responsible.

You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You deserve to be fairly compensated. Someone else caused your accident. You shouldn't have to suffer financially and physically. At Coplan & Crane, we're prepared to do whatever it takes to help you get back on your feet. Whether it's vigorously investigating your accident or taking your case to trial, we have the experience and determination you need to successfully stand up for your rights.

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