Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Accidents
With approximately 270 million passenger vehicles in the U.S., it serves to reason that one of the most common types of personal injury claims involve individuals who have been injured in automobile accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were more than 37,000 traffic deaths on U.S. roadways in 2017 and 5,286 motorcyclists killed on the road in 2016.
A driver is negligent if that driver fails to use reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle. With the growing use of cell phones and other electronic devices, the issue of drivers being “distracted” while operating a motor vehicle has become a major safety concern. Distracted driving occurs when anything takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel, or interrupts the driver’s concentration. The most current statistics on distracted driving reveal that 3,450 deaths occured in 2016 due to a driver being distracted. Texting while driving is against the law in Illinois and Illinois has banned the use of cell phones while driving in a school zone or a highway construction zone.
Mr. Saletta has successfully represented numerous clients, including adults and children, who have suffered personal injuries in automobile accidents. Those injured in automobile accidents may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of damages, including pain and suffering, loss of the quality of one’s life, lost earnings, and medical bills incurred.
Mr. Saletta has recovered millions of dollars for clients involved in auto/truck/motorcycle accidents including $1.6 million for a motorcyclist who was struck by a truck causing a severe leg fracture and shoulder separation.