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Truck Driver Negligence Resulting in Serious Accident Injuries

Truck Driver NegligenceAlmost all injury insurance claims and lawsuits hinge upon establishing that an act of negligence occurred, leading to damages, including truck accident cases. Legally, negligence is when a party does something (or fails to do something) that another reasonably prudent party would do (or would not have done) under similar circumstances. Some of the issues that commonly arise in truck accident cases are associated with acts of negligence by a truck driver. Examples of the most common truck driver acts of negligence include the following:

  • Tired driver
  • Drunk or drugged intoxicated driver
  • Distracted driver
  • Driver who fails to operate the vehicle safely, per federal regulations
  • Improper lane changes
  • Swerving out of lane
  • Driving too fast for road conditions
  • Aggressive driving

Federal Regulations: Truck Drivers

All commercial truck operators work under tight federal regulatory restrictions. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that recently, there were 3,649 fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses, or almost 10 per day across the nation. Almost 4 million drivers are licensed to operate a commercial vehicle, whether interstate, or within any state. The sheer volume of trucks serving a large urban area such as Chicago renders it impossible for every driver to be monitored for violations. Unfortunately, a violation is often only discovered after a serious or fatal accident has already taken place. The agency reports the following as the most common driver violations identified among millions of roadside inspections:

  • Log violations (failing to keep accurate logs of service as required by law, or falsified reports)
  • Driving beyond 8-hour limit since the end of the last off-duty or sleeper period
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Hours of service violations
  • Speeding
  • Lane restriction violations
  • Using a handheld device while driving

Truck Driver Violations

In the most recent year, there were 1,041,642 reported driver violations – a staggering statistic. In fact, 31% of the out-of-service violations are reported as being "driver only." Any person using the highways in the Chicago area should assume that the potential for driving near a negligent truck driver is very high. Drivers that violate the hours of service regulations, and driving while tired, will make errors. Tired drivers behind the wheel of any vehicle pose a danger to others sharing the road, and when the vehicle is a large, heavily-loaded commercial truck, the danger is increased exponentially.

Traffic enforcement inspections for truck drivers last year reveal the following shocking numbers:

  • 195,658 drivers charged with moving violations
  • 997 charged with drug and alcohol violations
  • 288 charged with railroad crossing violations
  • 200,828 charged with various state law or miscellaneous violations

The highways around Chicago are heavily travelled by commercial trucks delivering goods to the thousands of locations in the city and surrounding areas. With 12.2% of all fatal crashes in the nation involving at least one large truck or bus, and an estimated 6,035,000 nonfatal crashes in one year, drivers of passenger vehicles put their lives on the line when travelling near one of these huge vehicles.

Contact the Chicago IL Truck Driver Negligence Attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC

Were you injured by a negligent truck driver? Get in touch with our Chicago truck accident attorneys immediately. Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC will evaluate your case (at no cost), and will take action to help you pursue the level of compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 996-4824.

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