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Chicago’s Best Truck Accident Lawyers – Truck Accident Law Firm

According to the US Department of Transportation, approximately half a million trucking accidents occur in the United States, and 5,000 of those accidents will typically result in a fatality. Given their large size, weight, and potential to lose control on the road, trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles can cause devastating accidents on the road. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a truck accident, contact the attorneys at law of Burnes Libman for a free consultation. 

With over thirty years of experience, Burnes Libman has successfully blended the extensive legal expertise found in large law firms with smaller law firms’ compassion and personal attention. We will fight for compensation for your serious injury or wrongful death claim. That’s our promise.


Picking the Right Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim can be overwhelming, exhausting, and scary. Burnes Libman is a nationally recognized and awarded law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Our firm has a history of winning multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts across a variety of truck accident cases, including a $15.6 million and $12.9 million dollar settlement. Our law firm is responsible for founding the Center for Trucking Safety, a forum where advocates collaborate the improve motor carrier and transportation safety through litigation and legislation.

At larger law firms, your call may not be returned for over a week. You also can be shuffled from lawyer to lawyer, with no rationale or reasoning. The Burnes Libman promise is to fight for you every step of the way.

Frequent Causes of 18 Wheeler Accidents

In over thirty years of handling trucking cases, we see a clear and present danger on our roadways. Routinely, tractor-trailers dangerously carry loads, they're accidents waiting to happen. Most are clearly avoidable. Such was the case when we represented a family whose son was killed and the father's leg amputated due to the negligence of three defendants who could have avoided the accident through simple testing and education.


Unfortunately, despite their ability to cause major damage to other motorists, there are a variety of unsafe practices that can and have led to trucking accidents in Illinois or across the United States, including:

  • Sleep-deprived truck drivers

  • Truck drivers driving under the influence

  • Overloaded or mishandled cargo

  • Rear-end accidents

  • Accidents at intersections

  • Left-hand-turn collisions

  • Head-on collisions

  • Jackknifes

  • Trucking rollovers

  • Driving too fast for poor road conditions

  • Poor maintenance on the vehicle

These experiences have helped us recover millions of dollars in settlements in commercial vehicle accidents and collisions for our clients. Legislation to come as close as we can through written rules, and litigation to punish those who do not exercise due care.

Examples of Burnes Libman Accident Settlements

Have you been involved in a truck accident in the Midwest or United States? Let us represent you and together, we’ll get you the compensation you deserve. We treat every case with the expectation of going to trial.


Below you will find some of our biggest 18 wheeler settlements:

$15,600,000 - Trucking Accident Wrongful Death
Wrongful death of a 6-year-old child and traumatic amputation of the lower leg of father due to tractor-trailer due to unsafe trailer selection, loading configuration, and driver speed causing highway rollover crash. Lawsuit filed in Northwest Indiana. Read the full story here.

$12,890,000 - Trucking Accident Wrongful Death
 Wrongful death of a 50-year-old woman killed by a truck driver operating a tractor-trailer after hours. Lawsuit filed in Elkhart County, Indiana. Read the full story here.

$3,500,000 - Trucking Accident Wrongful Death
Traumatic brain injury to 20-year-old motorcyclist resulting from truck driver making u-turn midblock. 

$2,000,000 - Trucking Accident Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death of 52-year-old woman due to truck driver disobeying stop sign.

$1,800,000 - Trucking Accident Wrongful Death
A 64-year-old female pedestrian struck by a medical van making a right turn on red causing traumatic brain injury requiring craniotomy.

$1,800,000 - Vehicle Personal Injury
A 64-year-old female pedestrian struck by a medical van making a right turn on red causing traumatic brain injury requiring craniotomy.

When to See a Lawyer and Pursue Litigation

If you have been involved in an incident with a semi-truck, you need to find a lawyer as soon as possible. Trucking companies do not have your best interests in mind, which is why it’s so important to start the claims process as quickly and early as possible. It is difficult to determine liability at the beginning stages, and Burnes Libman is there to help you determine if litigation is a possibility with our free consultation. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings or wages, pain, and suffering, disability, or disfigurement. As each case is different and subject to a specific time limit (or statute of limitations), it is important to consult with a reputable and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

To contact Burnes Libman for your free case evaluation, call (312) 726-6500 or fill out our Get In Touch form below.

Contact Burnes Libman: Chicago’s Best Truck Accident Lawyers

The experience at Burnes Libman is different than any other law firm. "At Burnes Libman, we're there for you. You'll work directly with one of our top attorneys and we'll fight for you throughout the whole process. We'll be there every step of the way. That's our promise." For a free consultation regarding your truck accident case, contact us immediately below or call (312) 726-6500

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