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Can lost truck tires give us important information?

When a large commercial truck loses a tire on an Illinois road, it is tempting to simply throw the old tire away and not give it a second thought. However, a destroyed tire can actually be important. Instead of disposing of the tire at the first opportunity, it is a better move to study the discarded or damaged tire to help identify the cause of the incident and prevent future problems on the road.

How can the truck driver shortage lead to more accidents?

As a driver in Illinois, you may be used to navigating the road alongside large tractor trailers. These massive vehicles require qualified drivers to operate them around other vehicles, throughout city streets and across the country. Tractor trailers are an important part of the country’s economy, delivering goods to cities throughout the state and nation. Yet, a shortage of qualified truck drivers leaves a problem for trucking companies and ultimately for other drivers and citizens.

The dangers truck rollovers present to other motorists

It is almost impossible to drive down the interstate without sharing the road with at least one big rig. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we are aware of the many ways Illinois residents can become tragic statistics in collisions involving large trucks, and we seek to help you and others avoid this outcome whenever possible. You may want to be aware of the hazards of truck rollover accidents.

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

Given Illinois’ central location, it is understandable that the state’s roadways see plenty of activity from commercial trucks, but that does not make sharing the road with them any safer for today’s motorists. While semi-trucks present certain hazards simply because they are so large and can prove difficult to see or maneuver around, they can prove even more dangerous, and in some cases, downright deadly, when their drivers behave negligently behind the wheel. Substance abuse among truckers is of particular concern for many drivers, and if you count yourself among them, it may surprise you just how common this behavior is among today’s trucking professionals.

What is respondeat superior?

The devastating potential that semi-trucks and tractor-trailers present often means that the chances of you being involved in a minor truck accident in Springfield are unlikely. Such accidents typically produce devastating results, the expense of which can often exceed what an insurance policy will pay. This may leave you needing to seek compensation from those responsible for your accident. Yet does liability end with the truck driver, or can it extend to the company that employs them? 

What is the truck driver clearinghouse?

Navigating the Illinois roadways may seem daunting at times, especially when sharing the road with massive tractor trailers. These giant vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and require well-trained and licensed operators to ensure they are handled safely around you and other drivers on the road. Surprisingly, there are a number of truck drivers on the road who have previously violations involving drugs and alcohol. Although these truck drivers may have been penalized for violations, a number of them are still out on the roads and cause danger to other drivers.

What happens when drowsy truckers get on the road?

If you navigate Illinois roadways on a daily basis, you may be familiar with driving alongside tractor trailers. What you may not know is just how dangerous driving next to tractor trailers can be, especially when the truck driver manning the enormous vehicle has spent more than 14 hours behind the wheel. Drowsy truckers are a major problem for people in Illinois and across the United States. They are responsible for causing thousands of truck accidents, injuring and killing many people along the way.

Why big trucks jackknife

At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we know how impatient you usually feel when you get stuck behind a line of 18-wheelers on one of Illinois’ roads or highways. If traffic is so heavy that you cannot quickly pass the trucks one by one, your frustration increases and you may attempt to pass several at once when you get a chance to do so, such as on a downhill grade with no oncoming vehicles. This can be a dangerous decision, however, because as Evan Transportation explains, the possibility of a jackknife increases substantially when a truck goes downhill or when it goes around a curve or turn in the road.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

If you are an Illinois motorist, you may be used to sharing the road with large tractor trailers. These giant vehicles can be extremely dangerous, causing serious tractor trailer accidents, injuries and even death. Americans need tractor trailers to deliver important goods throughout the nation. However, it is important to understand the common causes of truck accidents so that you may be able to prevent them from occurring.

What can you do to prevent truck accidents?

On Illinois highways, motorists share the road with tractor trailers and other heavy vehicles. The variation in size and weight of all the vehicles on the roads can create unique hazards, and no one knows that better than you, if you are a semitruck driver. Your vehicle is bigger and heavier than many others, so what can you do to prevent truck accidents and keep everyone safer?

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