Trucking accidents are more likely to result in fatalities than accidents involving passenger vehicles. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large commercial trucks have a higher fatality rate per mile traveled than other motor vehicles.
Not only are trucking accidents among the deadliest motor vehicle accidents, but they also can result in the most complicated legal cases. At Cogan & Power, P.C., our unique legal team of Chicago wrongful death lawyers, which includes a nationally recognized member of the prestigious Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, is committed to obtaining just compensation for the families of fatal truck accident victims.
We take great pride in our record of successful verdicts and settlements, including a $13 million verdict in a trucking accident case, as well as the enduring relationships we have developed with our clients.
Truckers, like all motorists, have an obligation to operate their trucks in a safe manner. Additionally, truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to industry-wide rules and regulations. If the trucking company or truck driver fails to comply with their obligations, they could be liable for any fatalities in a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal claim brought by the family of a deceased victim of negligence – whether the victim of a fatal truck accident, a fatal auto accident, a personal injury accident, a dangerous or defective product, or medical malpractice.
Wrongful death lawsuits involve a number of complex legal issues pertaining to liability and damages. The plaintiff must first prove that the defendant is liable for the decedent’s death as a result of negligent or intentional wrongdoing. Once liability is assessed, there are often complex legal issues regarding the appropriate level of compensation that should be awarded as damages, which can include compensation for items like medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future income, and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages might be awarded, as well.
Wrongful death laws include strict time limitations (called statutes of limitations) governing when a lawsuit can be filed. Accordingly, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. By enlisting the help of an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney like those at Cogan & Power, you can promptly begin the legal analysis, factual investigation, and document preparation necessary to bring a successful wrongful death action.
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power have the skill, knowledge, and experience to comprehensively assess any potential wrongful death cause of action. At Cogan & Power, our Chicago fatal truck accident attorneys engage in a comprehensive factual investigation of the accident and a thorough legal analysis of all possible legal claims. We review the truck driver’s record for any past traffic violations, prior accidents, drug or alcohol use, or vehicle maintenance problems. We also analyze the trucking company’s hiring practices and work environment. Moreover, our vast experience litigating wrongful death actions allows us to analyze the potential damages to which you may be entitled.
By utilizing a collaborative approach to legal representation, we are able to draw on a diverse pool of legal knowledge and experience, including former defense lawyers with experience on both sides of the courtroom.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, contact the Chicago wrongful death lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible wrongful death claim. Because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.