Posts tagged "Truck Accidents"
Did you know that UPS truck drivers have been told not to turn left for decades? They simply never do it -- with very rare exceptions when there is absolutely no way to get to a destination without a left turn. In the past, drivers had to figure it out on their own, but they now have the help of special GPS software that takes left turns out of the equation and still finds an efficient route.
Liability insurance coverage is not just a federally mandated requirement for all motorists. It is one of the best ways for victims to acquire at least some financial compensation after a crash. As you might expect, having liability insurance is particularly important for truck drivers and/or trucking companies. This is because truck accidents between large trucks and smaller passenger vehicles typically result in severe physical harm.
The estate of a Chicago man who died in a three-vehicle crash in late January has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of his five children. The crash occurred on Chicago's South Side.
For those of us who share Illinois' expressways and interstate highways with large trucks, some data reported at the end of the year from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) may be reassuring. Even though the number of miles traveled by large trucks like tractor-trailers has increased in recent years, the number of fatal crashes involving them has decreased.
A recent study into the reasons behind truck crashes and the best predictors of future crashes found the usual culprits for crashes -- such as drowsy driving, not leaving enough space between vehicles and slow response time. However, a possible reason for many unsafe behaviors emerged -- Monday Night Football.
Amid some good news recently from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that traffic fatalities were down by 1.8 percent in 2017 over the previous year, there was some troubling news regarding trucks. The number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks (those weighing at least 10,000 pounds) rose by 9 percent during that same period. Straight (single unit) trucks saw the greatest jump in fatalities at 19 percent. Moreover, the number of large truck fatalities rose by more than 40 percent since 2009.
Many people would stop to help a stranded motorist if they saw one on the side of the road. However, doing so can be dangerous -- particularly in the early morning before the sun comes up or in the evening after dark. This is because it can be difficult for other drivers to see people who are on or near the road.
An Aurora woman was killed and five people were injured late last month in a crash that involved two semi trucks in Wisconsin. The 84-year-old woman was a passenger in a small sedan when the crash occurred on the morning of Aug. 25 in Caledonia, Wisconsin.
When truck accident victims visit our office, many of them want to know why the responsibility of preventing a crash seems to fall to the private motorist. We understand how it can feel this way because many of the accident prevention tips available to the public are geared toward private citizens.
If you find yourself cringing when a big commercial truck approaches your vehicle from any direction, you are not alone. Sharing the roads with these hulking giants is frightening, especially if you stay up-to-date about the number of truck accidents that occur in Illinois.