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Frequently Asked Questions

Not all truck accident cases are suitable for a trial. To find out if you’re eligible, you can try an online Instant Case Evaluation or contact one of the offices at TorHoerman Law.

Most truck accident settlements take around one or two years to complete. It could be less or could be more, depending on the details of your case.

The amount of compensation you can win for a truck accident is determined by the damages you’ve suffered. If the accident affected you more severely, the compensation will be higher. You must also win the case.

Springfield Truck Accident Statistics

Springfield, IL, is a relatively densely populated region with a population of more than 114,000, according to the latest United States Census Bureau report. Additionally, residents have an approximate average 20-minute commute to work each day. These two factors combine to create an increased risk of Springfield truck accidents.

Though truck accidents are not nearly as prevalent as car accidents, they can have a far deadlier impact. The following IDOT crash report statistics display the startling frequency and severe impact of these accidents.

  • Springfield, IL, recorded 137 large truck accidents in 2018.
  • There were two fatalities in Springfield, IL, due to large truck collisions in 2018.
    • If you or a loved one have been involved in a fatal truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Springfield truck accidents accounted for 116 reports of property damage.
  • Sangamon County is one of the most accident-prone counties throughout the state of Illinois
  • Nearly three people were killed per day in traffic crashes in 2018.
  • Crashes involving large trucks accounted for 11% of all fatal accidents in Illinois
  • 11 large truck accidents in work zones resulted in 207 reported injuries.
  • Of the truck accidents in work zones, there were 1,008 documented instances of property damage.
  • In Illinois, there were more than 13,000 large truck-related accidents in 2018.


How to Prevent Truck Accidents in Springfield, IL

While automobile accidents are unavoidable by nature, there are certain actions that drivers can take to reduce the probability of being involved in them. Here is a list of precautions all drivers should take to ensure safer roadways for everyone:

  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles while driving, especially large trucks. Ideally, drivers should keep their vehicles at least 200ft away from the nearest vehicle.
  • Be vigilant and make use of turn signals. Large trucks cannot turn or change speed as quickly as cars; therefore, signals are imperative to alert other drivers to anticipate upcoming turns or lane changes.
  • Make sure your vehicle receives routine maintenance. One of the main causes of traffic accidents is broken down vehicles.

These actions will not guarantee that you will never be involved in an accident, however, they will greatly reduce the risk of crashes. If you follow these guidelines and still end up in a Springfield truck accident, you should wait till you are safe at home to contact your insurance provider. Once you have reached out to your insurance provider, you should contact a Springfield truck accident lawyer to discuss the possibility of filing a Springfield truck accident lawsuit.


Springfield, IL Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency or accident, here is a list of hotlines you can call to help aid the situation.

Emergency TDD & Voice – 911

Non-Emergency Voice – 217-788-8311

Non-Emergency TDD – 217-789-2186

Towing – 217-788-8376

Springfield Fire Department – 217-789-2000

Springfield Police Department – 217-788-8325


Common Springfield, IL Truck Accident Damages

Damages refer to the ways the truck accident negatively impacted your or your belongings. Some of the most common truck accident damages include the following:

  • Medical Bills: Emergency treatment, medication, therapy, etc.
  • Emotional Distress: PTSD, Depression, etc.
  • Lost Wages: Loss of the ability to work
  • Property Damage: broken belongings (vehicle, cell phone, etc.)


Hiring a Springfield Truck Accident Lawyer

The aftermath of a Springfield truck accident can leave you drained physically, emotionally, as well as financially unstable. When hiring a personal injury lawyer, you should be assured that they have extensive knowledge of the legal system. A Springfield truck accident lawyer will help you determine your best course of legal action to help aid your recovery.

Your attorney will be tasked with several actions to take in order to strengthen your claim. First and foremost, you will present your evidence to your legal representative. In turn, they will use the evidence to prove liability and assess damages. The amount of compensation you may be awarded largely depends on the strength of your evidence and the degree of liability that the defendant holds.

Typically, truck accident lawsuits are settled outside of court. In this case, attending a trial is not a necessary part of the civil lawsuit process. Truck accident lawsuits that are settled outside of a courtroom tend to take less time to resolve.

Contact a Springfield truck accident lawyer right away to determine the statute of limitations on your claim. If the deadline for the statute of limitations has expired, then you may not be eligible to file a Springfield truck accident lawsuit.

Before moving forward with your legal actions, it is important to first mitigate injuries and damages. Seek proper medical treatment after your accident, follow your doctor’s orders, and do everything possible to minimize the costs associated with your injury. Proper mitigation will greatly increase the chances of receiving compensation for your injuries and other losses.


TorHoerman Law – Your Springfield Truck Accident Law Firm

TorHoerman Law will not let you fight your battle for recovery alone.

Our Springfield truck accident law firm has a decorated history of successful truck accident settlements. We have won more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements for our clients. The expert personal injury attorneys at TorHoerman Law specialize in truck accident litigation over the past decade. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. Thus, we do not expect any payment from you until you are fully compensated. Contact us today to find out how we can serve you.

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