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Illinois Accident Attorneys

If you have suffered an injury in an accident or lost a loved one because of another person's negligence, call the personal injury attorneys who, for decades, have made a difference to thousands of people throughout the Chicago region. Call Cogan & Power, P.C., Attorneys at Law - The professional expertise you need; the personal attention you deserve.

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Our attorneys have litigated complex injury and medical malpractice cases in both federal and state court.

Illinois Accident Attorneys
Attorney Cogan Power

Michael Cogan, Founding Partner

Michael P. Cogan is a trial attorney who spends his days in the courtrooms of Illinois fighting for victims' rights. His law firm, Cogan and Power, P.C., Attorneys at Law, has obtained over $250 million on behalf of injured people.

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Areas of Practice :

Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury,
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

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Our Chicago personal injury attorneys represent clients in communities throughout Cook County and Illinois. Learn more about ways we can help you receive the compensation you need for your physical and financial recovery. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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FMCSR Violations

Chicago Trucking Accident Attorneys Representing the Victims of Commercial Trucking Accidents throughout Illinois

Truck drivers are expected to obey the rules of the road and take the appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents, like all motorists, but they are also subject to several laws and regulations that place additional safety standards and requirements on the truck driver’s conduct. Trucking companies are subject to additional laws and regulations that are designed to promote safe trucking operations, as well.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) control the conduct of truck drivers and trucking companies on subjects such driver hours of service limitations, driver alertness and impairment, drug and alcohol screening, and logbook recording and compliance. The failure to obey FMCSR can result in fines, penalties, and civil liability for any resulting trucking accidents. Additionally, in some cases, FMSCR violations may result in the assessment of punitive damages.

The Chicago truck accident attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on representing the victims of commercial trucking accidents, including those caused by FMCSR violations, distracted truck driving, or truck driver fatigue.  Our exceptional legal team of Chicago trucking attorneys includes a nationally recognized member of the prestigious Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

We take great pride in our record of successful verdicts and settlements, as well as the enduring relationships we have developed with our clients, and we work tirelessly to seek full and fair compensation on behalf of our clients, including punitive damages when available.

If you or a loved one was injured or died in a commercial trucking accident involving FMSCR violations, please contact us at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our trucking accident attorneys. Because we work on a contingency basis, we will not collect any fees from you unless we get you compensation.

Damages for FMSCR Violations

The victims of commercial trucking accidents caused by negligence may be entitled to compensatory damages including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Property damages
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of normal life

In some cases, the victim may also be awarded punitive damages to punish the truck driver or trucking company for his or her wrongdoing, and deter future grossly negligent or intentional wrongdoing.

There is some debate, however, about whether or not punitive damages can be awarded in a trucking accident that involved an FMCSR violation. Various factors affect whether or not punitive damages are awarded such as:

  • Whether the trucking company failed to monitor the truck driver’s conduct;
  • Whether the trucking company failed to investigate if a truck driver was adhering to hours of service regulations;
  • Whether the trucking company dispatched a truck driver after he or she exceeded hours of service limitations; and
  • Whether the trucking company failed to institute effective procedures to verify compliance with hours of service regulations

The investigation into FMCSR violations requires a detailed and comprehensive factual analysis. The Chicago trucking accident lawyers at Cogan & Power have considerable experience representing the victims of commercial trucking accidents and their families. As such, we understand the importance of comprehensive factual inquiry and a thorough legal analysis.

Because we take a collaborative approach to legal representation, we are able to draw on our extensive and diverse experience to help our clients recover the compensation that they need and deserve. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience representing victims of personal injury accidents and have recovered more than $250 million for our clients, including several record verdicts and settlements and a $13 million verdict in a trucking accident case.

Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident involving FMCSR violations, contact the skilled Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights following a commercial trucking accident. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.

Chicago Medical Malpractice Law Firm