Clifford Law Offices' has been at the forefront in trying to make the roads safer, having even spoken to CBS investigative reporter Pam Zekman in Chicago about the issue of truckers long hours on the road and even falsifying records regarding their driving time, which is highly regulated by state and federal laws. Clifford Law Offices revealed the rise in trucking accidents on the roads in recent years in a recent blog item on its website that also appeared in its newsletter that goes out to thousands of people.
At Clifford Law Offices, Chicago truck accident lawyers will examine the cause of the truck crash to determine if it was due to truck maintenance, driver fatigue, river negligence, excessive speed, alcohol use, failure to inspect, improper loading, tire blowouts, sudden braking, brake failure, unsafe safety systems or warning devices, failure to yield the right of way, tailgating, extensive work shifts, jackknifing, unsafe road conditions or sudden turns or changing of lanes that can cause chain reaction collisions with innocent drivers on the road. The law firm also examines truck accident victims' losses that include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow and mental suffering, loss of quality of life, and other possible damage claims.
The firm was recognized nationally for the 2005 verdict in Chicago when a jury awarded $38.3 million to a suburban family involving in a tragic trucking crash on an Illinois interstate highway. It was the largest transportation verdict in the country that year, as reported by The National Law Journal. More recently, the truck accident lawyers at the firm obtained a one million dollar settlement on behalf of an 87-year old woman who sustained cervical injuries and then died after a truck made a left-hand turn in front of a car in which she was a passenger. Clifford Law Offices also represented two young children who suffered injuries when a tractor trailer truck lost control striking them as it crashed into a CTA station in Chinatown. Kevin Durkin and Sean Driscoll obtained a $4.1 million verdict in a 2013 case when a woman was struck by a garbage truck and suffered brain injury and a fractured shoulder on Chicago's north side. Also in 2013, attorneys Durkin, Driscoll and Bob Clifford obtained a $5.75 million settlement for a man who was left wheelchair bound following his being struck by a truck as he attempted to cross a street near O'Hare Airport. Colin Dunn and Kevin Durkin obtained a $3.9 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered multiple fractures while driving in her SUV that was cut off by a semi truck in Will County in Illinois. Robert Clifford obtained a $14 million verdict on behalf of an Elgin woman who was severely injured in a head on collision with a Commonwealth Edison truck. They are all very tragic stories. To read more settlements and verdicts obtained by the trucking accident lawyers at Clifford Law Offices, please visit our Record of Justice.
Federal law requires commercial vehicles traveling in interstate commerce to carry insurance for bodily injury and property damage. In addition, most states also impose minimum insurance requirements on trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports on trucking accidents every year. In 2010, the latest known statistics, the NHTSA reported that 32,885 people died in motor vehicle accidents, which included 3,675 killed involving large trucks, an 8.7 increase over the previous year. In Illinois alone, it reported that there were 927 vehicle fatalities in 2010, a 16 percent increase over 2009. From the initial filing of the case to its final disposition, Clifford Law Offices' truck accident lawyers represent the what is in the clients' best interests.