CHICAGO, IL – When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may wonder what happens once you file a claim. Will the truck driver be suspended? Will you both move on after you’ve settled with insurance? Will the truck driver lose their job? If the truck driver’s actions were egregiously negligent, a skilled attorney may argue that the truck driver should not have their commercial driver’s license anymore due to being a danger to others on the road.
What types of accidents can occur?
Various truck crashes can happen because tractor-trailers and other large trucks run into numerous problems on the road, including:
- Tires that have blown out
- Rear-end truck collisions
- Accidents involving a car rolling underneath a truck
- Truck-on-truck accidents
- Jackknife truck accidents
- Accidents involving side-impact trucks, which frequently occur at stoplights and other intersections
- Truck collisions involving multiple vehicles
- Cargo accidents
- Accidents involving rollover trucks
These types of accidents can produce a wide range of outcomes. These accidents can clump together creating one severe and fatal accident.
Reasons a trucking company may no longer employ a driver
Following an accident, there are various reasons a trucking company may decide to fire the driver that an experienced truck accident attorney knows. Some include:
- The accident occurred because the driver didn’t follow protocol. When a driver doesn’t follow company protocol and causes a truck crash, they are a huge liability to the company. Because of how serious accidents can be when involving a truck, companies have very specific safety protocols put in place for things such as weight limit, hours drivers can be on the road and how often the truck must be serviced. If the driver violates protocol, they may be fired.
- The driver didn’t follow federal regulations. In addition to following protocols a company has in place, there are also federal regulations truck drivers must follow. By neglecting these regulations, not only may they lose their job, but it would be nearly impossible to get a similar job in the trucking industry.
- The driver was under the influence. Driving under the influence damages the trucking company’s reputation, can injure the trucker and can injure anyone else on the road. As a lawyer from our office at the Dinizulu Law Group will tell you, a truck driver caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will almost always be fired from their position.
Contacting an Illinois truck accident attorney
Truck drivers understand they have certain rules and responsibilities they must adhere to keep roadways as safe as possible. When a driver negligently defies these rules and causes an injury, your attorney may call for the driver’s removal of their job so no one else gets hurt.
If you would like to learn more about filing a truck accident claim with one of our experienced lawyers, call us today for a free case evaluation at (312) 384-1920.