Posts tagged "Truck Accidents"
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.
Operator error is one of the main contributors to commercial truck accidents in Illinois. However, sometimes the fault for an accident falls more on the trucking company than the driver. Many commercial vehicle companies across the country create ideal conditions that could lead to a serious truck accident. Victims injured in such a collision need to know this information, especially if they are seeking a legal remedy for their suffering.
By now, nearly everyone in America knows that the nation is struggling against a dangerous opioid crisis. Anyone you encounter might be using opioids, but to think that some truck drivers also use these powerful narcotics is even more frightening. Unfortunately, many truck drivers do use and perhaps abuse drugs, which means they might be impaired behind the wheel.
Like you, truck drivers need a steady income so that they may provide for their families. While operating a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle enables truckers to do that, the work is exhausting. Further, the more truckers drive, the better they are paid. This is a powerful motivator to drive for as many hours as possible.