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When Should You Hire an Illinois Semi-Truck Accident Attorney?

If you were the victim of a truck accident, you may have given thought to hiring an Illinois semi-truck accident attorney. But how can you know if you need a lawyer? Since no two situations are alike, a lawyer can best advise you on your specific situation, but there are a few general guidelines that apply.

First, it's important to know that most Illinois truck accident attorneys will offer potential clients a free initial consultation. This meeting gives you the opportunity to:

  • Familiarize the lawyer with the details of your accident and associated injuries
  • Interview the lawyer
  • Decide whether to hire a lawyer

During the meeting, the lawyer will evaluate your case and tell you whether it has merit. If you have any doubts as to whether you need to hire a truck accident attorney, schedule an initial consultation and get the advice from an expert.

Do You Have a Case?

To have an Illinois personal injury case, you must be able to prove that:

  • The party at fault (which could include the truck driver, the trucking company, and even the truck manufacturer) acted negligently
  • The party at fault had a responsibility not to hurt you
  • You were injured as a result of that party's negligence and those injuries cost you money

Under this definition, if your accident caused no physical or emotional damage to you or your property, you may not have a case under Illinois negligence law. However, if you did suffer damages as a result someone else's negligence, you would have a valid case. The situation may be more confusing, however, if there is any dispute over who was at fault in the accident.

How Can a Lawyer Help You?

If you think you have a case, there are a several ways that an Illinois truck accident attorney can help you:

  • Understand what trucking laws and personal injury laws apply in your situation
  • Accurately estimate the total cost of your injuries and the cost to repair or replace your damaged property
  • Work with truck accident experts to help collect evidence, talk to witnesses, and prove that the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, and/or other parties were at fault
  • Negotiate a reasonable settlement with the parties at fault or their insurance companies
  • Represent you in court if you are unable to resolve your case in settlement negotiations

When Should You Hire an Illinois Semi-Truck Accident Attorney?

There are a few instances where you will certainly want to hire an Illinois semi-truck accident attorney to represent you. These would include trucking accidents where:

  • You suffered serious injuries that are not covered by no-fault insurance
  • You don't know the true cost of your injuries and property damage
  • You are worried that the insurance company of the party at fault won't give you a fair settlement
  • You are uncomfortable negotiating with insurance companies and want someone else to negotiate for you
  • The behavior of the party at fault was egregious, and you want to reduce the odds that anyone else is injured in a similar way in the future

Remember, most Illinois truck crash attorneys are happy to provide a free initial consultation. If you have any doubts as to the severity of your injuries or whether an attorney could be of assistance, schedule a free consultation and ask the lawyer for his or her assessment of your case.