Trucking companies and individual truckers are regulated at both federal and state levels. As such, if you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering where to file a truck accident claim.You have several options of where to file your truck accident claim:
- You can file your truck accident claim in the state where the accident occurred;
- You can file your claim in the state where the trucking company is headquartered;
- You can file in a state where the trucking firm normally operates; or
- You can file your truck accident claim in your home state, Illinois.
Why should I file my truck accident claim in Illinois?Filing your truck accident claim in Illinois if you live in Illinois will make the legal process easier for you because of your proximity to the proceedings. By choosing a reputable Chicago truck accident lawyer, you not only get a local attorney, but someone who will have intimate knowledge of state and local truck regulations. One advantage of filing locally and choosing a “local” attorney is that you will have the opportunity to meet with the attorney one-on-one. This gives you a better overall sense of the attorney and their skills and demeanor, including how the lawyer “presents” in person.In addition, hiring a local lawyer will save you time. You can arrange and travel to meetings much more easily, and for less money, locally. In fact, you may never actually meet an out-of-state attorney personally unless you have to go to court.If you have hired an out-of-state attorney and the attorney is unable to reach a settlement, you will need to go to court. This means that you will have to arrange transportation and lodging for the period of time you think it will take to get your case resolved. If you hire a Chicago truck accident lawyer, you will be able to stay in the comfort of your own home.When to Hire a Chicago Truck Accident LawyerYou should contact a lawyer as soon as you are able after your truck accident. Your best chance at getting the damages that you deserve is to have an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer on your side.The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many cases like yours and know the best ways to pursue your rights. For a free case evaluation and help preparing your evidence contact us today – (312) 263-1080