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Risk for truck drivers is not lost on the IDOT

CBS Chicago reported on a March 1, 2018, accident that involved three semitrucks and four vehicles. One person died as a result of the collision, and Illinois Interstate 290 closed for half a day while first responders worked the scene. Because the crash caught fire and caused a fatality, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate. They are hoping to determine what triggered the deadly collision.

Reviewing truck driver hours-of-service regulations

The truck drivers constantly ferrying goods in and out of Springfield often spend consecutive periods of long hours behind the wheel. This can inevitably contribute to fatigue. Given how dangerous fatigued drivers can be when operating standard vehicles, one can only imagine how much more damage they can cause when driving a semi-truck or tractor-trailer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that a fully loaded tractor-trailer requires 20-40 percent more roadway than a traditional vehicle to stop. Picturing a drowsy truck driver trying to do so after realizing that he or she is getting too close to another vehicle should serve as evidence of the need to limit trucker working hours. 

What are some trends in truck accidents?

Accidents involving large trucks in Illinois often are quite serious. The size and weight of these vehicles increase the chances for critical injuries, death and property damage. When a truck causes an accident, it becomes something that requires study. Even if the truck is merely involved in the accident and did not cause it, this still requires looking into because finding why truck accidents occur can help to prevent them in the future.

Tips for trucker safety

Ever busier interstates and increasingly distracted drivers have placed the importance of traffic safety prominently on a national stage. More specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has highlighted the need for caution among semitruck drivers, pointing out the occurrence of 3,346 injuries in accidents involving large trucks on Illinois highways in 2016.

Jackknifing dangers

Any type of car accident in Illinois can be dangerous, but those involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious or fatal consequences. One cause of trucking accidents is jackknifing, something that often results in a forceful crash. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an accident caused by a truck that jackknifed, we at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can ensure that you get the help and compensation you deserve.

Tips for avoiding trucker “no zones”

Every time you pull onto an Illinois freeway, you are likely to encounter large trucks, and just as you have blind spots that make it tough to see certain areas outside your vehicle, truckers, too, have these struggles. Because of the sheer size of many commercial trucks, these blind spots, or “no zones,” can prove far larger than those associated with standard passenger vehicles. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand the types of injuries that often result when cars and trucks collide, and we have assisted many clients who suffered injury after accidents involving commercial trucks.

Decreased alcohol limits for truck drivers

Sharing the road with large trucks in Illinois can be dangerous. The sheer size and weight differences between trucks and passenger vehicles can cause more significant injuries and incidents of death than other accidents. In order to prevent this from happening, government officials have created stricter laws for truck drivers that are specifically designed to protect everyone on the road.

What are common causes of truck accidents?

Illinois drivers often have to share the roads with large truck drivers. This can make some nervous, especially if you're afraid of getting into an accident with one. At the law office of Kerley & Associates, we can provide information about trucking accidents such as the most common causes so you know potential signs to be on the lookout for.

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