Accidents involving commercial trucks can cause an injury which is serious or fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2011 there were 273,000 accidents throughout the United States involving large trucks, and 3,341 of these injuries resulted in fatalities.
In Illinois there are a number of state and federal laws that apply to commercial trucking companies. These are set in place to ensure that specific industry standards are followed by both the drivers and owners of 18-wheel vehicles. Determining who is liable to pay damages as a result of an accident can be a very complicated procedure. Read the rest »
An underride truck collision is probably the most deadly type of vehicle accident, even at low speeds. This type of accident occurs when a car collides with a large commercial truck and runs under the truck. Large trucks weigh 20-30 times more than cars. They are taller and have more ground clearance which means that passenger vehicles are much more vulnerable in an accident. In 2014, 3,660 people in the U.S. died in large truck collisions; 68 percent of these fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles. In an underride accident, in many cases, the roof of the car is sheared off, killing the passengers. Underride truck accidents may happen at the rear or side of the truck. Read the rest »
What are Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)?
A large motor vehicle for the transportation of people or property and either having 2 axles and exceeding a certain gross total weight or registered gross weight or having 3 or more axles. Commercial motor vehicles are a critical part of the state economy, as they transport large quantities of products ultimately intended for all consumers. Due to the relative size and weight of CMVs, they have the potential to be particularly dangerous if involved in an accident.
How much will I need to pay for retaining your legal services?
Our legal team will operate on a contingency basis in personal injury type cases here in Illinois. We do not require you to pay up-front in these instances; rather, we are paid after we secure compensation resulting from a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Read the rest »
Each year, millions of drivers traverse America’s roadways. Unfortunately, more than 30,000 of these individuals lose their lives in tragic and preventable accidents. Many of these vehicular accidents involve trucks, such as tractor trailers and semi-trucks. One of the leading causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue. Truck drivers who are required to make long cross-country trips to deliver goods are often paid based on how fast they can reach their destinations. This leads to an incentive for drivers to sleep as little as possible in order to maximize time spent on the road. Humans need sleep, and drivers who operate on little to no sleep are prone to making mistakes and falling asleep behind the wheel.
In order to combat truck driver fatigue, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an “hours of service” rule applicable to all truck drivers. The requirements of this new rule vary depending on whether the truck is carrying property or passengers. (Federal regulations change over time, so truck drivers viewing this information should consult current “hours of service” regulations for guidance before driving). Read the rest »
Large truck vs. passenger vehicle accidents are incredibly dangerous events. A large commercial truck can weigh up to 20,000 pounds. Because of the severity of accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles, drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles often suffer crippling or fatal injuries. According to a study undertaken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck rollover accidents are the most common type of large truck accident. These accidents occur when the trailer of a semi-truck rolls over onto its side.
Causes of Illinois Truck Rollover Accidents
There are four main causes of Illinois truck rollover accidents. These causes include: Read the rest »
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in one recent year alone there were 411,000 vehicle accidents involving large trucks nationwide. Of these, one percent resulted in at least one fatality and 20 percent resulted in at least one severe injury. Getting injured in a collision with a semi-truck is an extremely traumatic experience, one which can cause lasting injury to you and your family. Here are some common causes of Illinois truck accidents:
• Truck driver negligence: The American Trucking Association reports a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. This means that drivers are currently spending too much time on the road without taking necessary breaks. Because of fatigue, drivers may become inattentive, which increases the risk of accidents. Some also resort to the use of drugs to help them stay awake. This can also impede their driving skills. Read the rest »
North of Chicago in Beach Park Illinois, a school bus that stopped in traffic with 56 students onboard was rear ended by a semi-trailer truck. That bus was then pushed into another semi-trailer truck that was stopped in front. As a result, nine children were injured and transported to Vista West and Vista East Hospitals in Waukegan for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Other students were transported back to school after parents were contacted to pick them up.
The semi-trailer truck driver from Gurnee that caused the crash was charged with various traffic tickets which included failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to display a driver’s license, and no proof of insurance. Read the rest »
A tractor-trailer hauling 7,000 gallons of fuel slammed into a Jeep Compass, narrowly missing power lines and poles, leaving one person hospitalized.
As initially reported by the Chicago Tribune, the collision happened around 4 a.m. near 700 block of West Main Street. A female motorist traveling eastbound on Route 72 failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Mack truck that was traveling north on Route 31. Upon impact, the truck pushed the smaller vehicle through the intersection and into a nearby Jiffy Lube. The truck accident was so severe that emergency personnel had to extract the woman from her vehicle. Read the rest »