A person who is injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver could be entitled to compensation. In many cases, victims will file a civil lawsuit as a way to pursue that money. However, it is possible that a case will be resolved without the need to go to court or without the need for a judge or jury to rule if a trial begins.
From June 5 to June 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its International Roadcheck for 2018. This year, the event will focus on hours-of-service compliance for truckers in Illinois and throughout the country and Canada According to the president of the CVSA, hours-of-service violations were the most common reason why trucks were taken out of service in 2017. The emphasis on hour-of-service violations comes as the Department of Transportation implements its electronic logging mandate.
A whole host of factors can contribute to accidents on the highway, especially fatal ones, so drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. should know what they are. That way, they can exercise greater caution while understanding that some situations cannot be avoided. For example, some geographic features make it impossible for roads to be built without a few hiccups in the design, such as blind intersections, tight curves, and narrow shoulders.
Each year, millions of commercial trucks travel throughout Illinois and the rest of the U.S. Unfortunately, many of those trucks become involved in serious truck accidents. Federal statistics show that truck crashes have been on the rise for years. Over the last decade, truck accidents have increased by 20 percent.
Drivers in Illinois are probably aware that drowsy driving leads to accidents but may not be aware that the number is at least 100,000 annually in this country. When drivers fall asleep at the wheel, they can injure themselves by going off the road and injuring other drivers and pedestrians by swerving into the other lane. When the vehicle is a commercial truck, the injuries that result can be catastrophic and even fatal.
Accidents caused by fatigued tractor-trailer drivers can cause catastrophic injuries, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tries to reduce the number of these crashes by strictly enforcing hours of service regulations. These rules set limits on how long truck drivers can spend behind the wheel before taking a break, but industry groups such as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association say that they may be placing road users in Illinois and around the country in danger.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in August 2017 to take action against states that had not brought their laws current to include updated safety regulations. Commercial truck drivers in Illinois may be interested to know that the mandate to have an electronic logging device is still not being enforced in some states because they are unable to do so legally.
Approximately 70 percent of all freight tonnage transported in the United States is moved by trucks. The manner in which that freight is loaded could be putting lives at risk and creating liability for trucking companies and their cargo owners. Improperly loaded freight is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents, and unless drivers inspect their cargo, they might be unaware of the increased rollover risks associated with improperly loaded freight.
Big rig accidents usually do not end well for cars. In 2014, for instance, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 68 percent of all truck accident fatalities were car occupants. That's why drivers, no matter where they are, should know how to stay safe around trucks.
Illinois motorists may be concerned about sharing the roadways with large trucks and buses. These massive vehicles carry specific safety risks, not only for themselves but also for others on the road. The inherent danger of large semi-trucks can be accentuated when truck drivers are fatigued or overworked.