FAQs About Illinois Truck Accidents

What are Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)?

Truck CrashA large motor vehicle for the transportation of people or property and either having 2 axles and exceeding a certain gross total weight or registered gross weight or having 3 or more axles. Commercial motor vehicles are a critical part of the state economy, as they transport large quantities of products ultimately intended for all consumers. Due to the relative size and weight of CMVs, they have the potential to be particularly dangerous if involved in an accident.

How much will I need to pay for retaining your legal services?

Our legal team will operate on a contingency basis in personal injury type cases here in Illinois. We do not require you to pay up-front in these instances; rather, we are paid after we secure compensation resulting from a verdict or settlement on your behalf.

What should I do or say if their insurance company contacts me?

 Once you have consulted with one of our Chicago truck accident attorneys and we have assumed the role of representing your interests in the case, there is not a need to communicate directly with the opposing insurance provider. Our experienced negotiators will begin working on your behalf. This is particularly important if you are severely injured so that you may remain focused on your recovery while we manage your claim or suit.

Will I have to testify on the witness stand?

In the vast majority of situations this will not be necessary. In the event that a fair settlement cannot be reached, you should know that our attorneys have the trial experience and knowledge necessary to give you the best chance for victory at trial.

What are the most common reasons for accidents with commercial trucks?

  • When the CMV is passing through a construction scene, where the layout of the area varies and is unfamiliar. Often detours are implemented that may be difficult for a large commercial vehicle to navigate through.
  • Inclement weather, particularly in the winter months here in Illinois, increases the likelihood of an accident due to reduced visibility. Also, the accumulation of snow and ice on the roadway and the presence of the larger vehicles that are working to plow and salt the roadways add to the potential for accidents.
  • Equipment failures resulting from improper maintenance or situations such as a tire blowout.
  • The CMV is operating with a load in excess of the weight limits.
  • Driver fatigue
  • Improperly trained or inexperienced CMV operators can often lead to problems.

I have been unable to work since the accident. Is there a way to be compensated?

Yes. When we are negotiating for you in your case, punitive damages may be sought as well as past and future wages lost from the inability to work. We will strive to insure that you receive financial compensation necessary to compensate you for your hardship in the case.

Do commercial truck drivers have some special operating licenses?

Those operating commercial motor vehicles in Illinois are required to possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires completion of testing relating to skills and knowledge, as well as medical clearance.

How long do I have to pursue a claim against them?

A statute of limitation will apply in these types of cases; therefore, it is recommended that you contact our office promptly to discuss the details of the accident.

How do I know if the truck was covered by auto insurance?

The financial liability requirements for those operating CMVs are mandated by the federal government and minimum liability coverage can range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars based on the specific classifications.

Were you or a loved one involved in an accident with a “big rig” truck in Illinois? The personal injury attorneys with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have been advocates for injury victims involved in accidents with Commercial Motor Vehicles since 1990. We will take the time to listen to you, review the circumstances, and begin fighting on your behalf to help pursue justice during this difficult time. Contact us today at our offices in either Chicago or Arlington Heights at (312) 644-0444 or via contact for a free case evaluation.