Trusted Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys
Trucking accidents — due to the amount of force generated — often result in severe injuries or death to pedestrians or drivers and passengers in other motor vehicles. Our experienced Chicago truck accident attorneys have a deep understanding of the trucking industry, including the applicable state and Federal Motor Carrier Regulations, to best represent our clients.
Passen & Powell has recovered several multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for victims of serious truck accidents.
Recently, Stephen Passen obtained a $15 million settlement on behalf of the Estate of a man and his partially paralyzed wife several days into a trial against a trucking company and its driver responsible for a catastrophic Chicago tractor-trailer accident.
Stephen Passen has over 30 years experience as a Chicago truck accident lawyer representing victims of catastrophic trucking crashes. He also previously spent several years representing trucking companies and their drivers. which gives him a unique and valuable perspective when investigating and prosecuting truck crash cases for his current clients. There is perhaps no one in Chicago with more knowledge and experience in understanding the responsibilities of injured parties, truckers and trucking companies to effectively represent clients injured or killed in a truck accident.
Experienced Investigators of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving tractor-trailer (semi) trucks often have devastating, irreparable results. Once size, weight, freight loads, and speed are taken into consideration, even a relatively minor truck accident can cause catastrophic, permanent injuries or even wrongful death.
With over 30 years of truck accident experience, each Chicago truck accident attorney at Passen & Powell understands how to investigate the facts and explore all available legal remedies in every tractor-trailer accident we handle. Your Chicago truck accident attorney will consult with the most experienced private investigators, accident reconstructionists and trucking industry experts to assist with proving our case. Our skilled trial attorneys prepare each case as if it is going to trial, though our reputation in the legal community often leads to favorable settlements for our clients.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
A minor trucking accident can still cause serious injuries and major damage, even wrongful death. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), one out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 resulted from a large truck accident. Common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Truck or trailer loads (overloaded, shift weight)
- Under-qualified drivers (inadequate training)
- Driver error (speeding, following too close, texting, cell phone, distracted)
- Ignoring or failing to follow safety procedures (inspections, repairs)
- Vehicle failure (mechanical, brakes, blown tire)
Call to Discuss a Potential Truck Accident Case
At Passen & Powell, we are preeminent attorneys dedicated to our clients and their families. Regardless of where you live, if you have a question or concern regarding a truck accident case, call to speak with one of our experienced truck wreck attorneys at (312) 527-4500 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation.