Car Accidents

Car accidents in Chicago are not uncommon. Motor vehicle accidents can cause extreme physical injury to victims. And as most auto accident attorneys in Chicago and elsewhere will tell you, in addition to physical pain and suffering, these injured victims must deal with large and unforeseen medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. Most often, auto accidents are caused by a driver's negligence or recklessness. But in some cases, vehicle design flaws can contribute to the accident. For example, in SUV rollover accidents, faulty original equipment, or after-market equipment could be to blame. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

Truck Accident

A trucking accident occurs when large trucks (10,000+ lbs.) collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident.

Most of the deaths and injuries involve the passengers of vehicles; truck drivers usually escape trucking accidents with little or no personal injury.

Due to the large size of trucks, a trucking accident can greatly endanger the lives of other smaller vehicles unnecessarily when truck operators fail to consider proper trucking accident prevention.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in an accident involving trucks, or any kind of automobile, learn about your legal rights by filling out our Free Case Evaluation Form. A lawyer specializing in truck accident litigation in your area will evaluate your case at no cost. To learn more, contact the law offices of The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately motorcycle accidents in Chicago are also very common. Riding a motorcycle poses serious risks-without the physical protection cars offer. Motorcyclists are more susceptible to serious injury posed by other drivers, defective roadway design, harsh weather conditions, and product defects. Victims may sustain broken limbs, road rash, traumatic brain injuries, and other harm, including death. In fact, in 2000 alone, 2,862 motorcyclists were killed, and another 58,000 were injured. If motorcyclists do survive their crashes, they may face large medical bills, job loss, permanent disability, and other hardships. The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C. is exceptionally trained in handling cases involving motorcycle accidents in Chicago. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help. To learn more, contact the law offices of The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

Vehicle Rollovers & Tire Defects

Insurance industry statistics show that people in all but the heaviest SUVs have higher death rates in single-vehicle accidents, mostly due to vehicle rollover. Rollovers accounted for more than 10,000 fatalities in the United States in 1999, which is more than side and rear impact crashes combined. SUV rollovers accounted for 36% of all fatal crashes in the year 2000.

Tire manufacturers have known that a leading cause of tire tread or belt separation is due to the design and placements of the belts and overlying tread. Tread and belt separations can occur due to poor adhesion of the components from the use of old and expired adhesives, curing at improper temperatures, unclean manufacturing facilities or foreign objects in the tires such as rust, moisture, oxidation, grease and sawdust.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a vehicle rollover or as a result of a defective tire or tire tread separation, then you may have the right to file a legal action. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

Ship & Boating Accidents

Boat crashes kill or severely injure hundreds of victims each year.  Unfortunately, there are too many of these circumstances where injuries are suffered as a result of other’s negligence. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed to recover damages.

Ship accident cases stem from accidents or injuries that occur on the high seas. An example of a ship accident case would be someone who was injured as the result of negligence by staff on a cruise ship.

We will work to achieve the best possible result for you based on the information we gather about your case. If your case will achieve a better result from a settlement, we will work toward a reasonable settlement. If your case would best be resolved in trial, we are fully prepared to and experienced in trying the most serious of cases. To learn more, contact the law offices of The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

Aviation

Although flying may be statistically safer than driving a car, we all know from the news, that commercial as well as commuter and private planes do not always safely make it to their destinations.

The Law  Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C. is experienced in handling the specialized discovery problems and investigative issues that arise in aviation-related matters. Our attorneys have represented clients injured in airplane accidents and by airline negligence. We also pursue claims against manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft components as well as fixed based operators and pilots in product liability litigation stemming from aircraft accidents. Our full understanding of the multi-faceted and complex issues that arise when an aviation accident occurs has allowed us to develop the expertise necessary to effectively resolve your aviation-related accident and injury claims.  To learn more, contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..

All Terrain Vehicle Accidents

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are 3 or 4 wheeled motorized vehicles used for off-road riding. ATV's are equipped with gasoline powered engines and are designed for one driver only.  This type of vehicle is very popular and is commonly used for recreation, rescue efforts in emergency situations, and agricultural maintenance. Every year, many people, including children, are severely injured due to ATV accidents. Serious physical injury, property damage, brain damage, paralysis, and death may result from an ATV accident. If you have been in an ATV-related accident you may be entitled to medical costs, vehicle repair compensation, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and future loss of earnings.

The statistics concerning All Terrain Vehicles in the United States show that:

  • In 1998 there were over 60,000 reported ATV-related injuries.
  • In 1997 over 30,000 children under the age of 16 were injured in ATV-related accidents.
  • It has been estimated that ATV-related injuries have doubled in the past 5 years in the United States.
  • In a recent 5 year period ATV-related injuries requiring emergency room assistance have increased over 100 percent

There are many different factors that may cause accidents while operating an All Terrain Vehicle including issues related to the production or manufacturing of the vehicle. Manufacturing defects are flaws in the manufacturing process that may result in injuries. Failure to warn is when a manufacturer knows of a hazard regarding the product and does not warn consumers of it. Design defects are errors in the manufacturer's design of the product that make the vehicle dangerous.  To learn more, contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C.. 

Railroad Crossing Accidents

Railroad crossing crashes kill hundreds of victims each year. Thousands more are injured. To prevent these tragedies, railroads have a duty to exercise reasonable care in making crossings safe. This may require providing gates, lights, or other warnings to motorists. Failure to properly mark crossings or to maintain adequate protection creates an unacceptable risk for the motoring public. Accidents that result from defective crossings generally cause severe injuries or death. Victims and their families are entitled to full compensation.

Even train accident victims who are partially at fault may be entitled to recover a portion of their damages.

To protect your legal rights following catastrophic injury or death due to a railroad crossing collision, it is wise to consult a personal injury law firm with experience in these matters as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C..