An average of 12,000 crashes involving large trucks (tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi’s etc.) occur every year in Illinois. These accidents often lead to catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries. A 2010 report carried out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) noted that 34% of fatal crashes involving large trucks were caused by driver-related factors. The most common factors in fatal trucking crashes were speed, distraction/inattention, failure to maintain the proper lane, obscured vision and failure to yield the right of way. Other significant factors in trucking accidents included brake problems, prescription drug use, fatigue and cell phone use while operating a large truck.
Drivers and owners of large trucks are governed by a specific set of rules. State and Federal regulations govern the amount of hours a driver can operate a heavy goods vehicle, the traveling speed of the vehicle, the type of cargo they can transport and what roads they can travel. Trucking accidents usually occur when the truck driver has broken a trucking rule, often with tragic consequences.
If you have been hurt in a car accident involving a semi truck in Chicago, there is likelihood that you may have a legal cause of action against the driver and/or owner of the truck. It is of vital importance that an examination of the roadway, the vehicles involved in the accident and the drivers need to be undertaken as soon as possible after the accident. Witnesses to the accident also need to be located and interviewed as soon as possible. Dolan Law has an experienced team of truck accident attorneys ready to complete an investigation should you or a loved one become involved in such an accident.
Dolan Law has years of experience in resolving cases involving life-changing injury and the regrettable situations where a fatality has wrongfully occurred. Please contact us today for a free consultation if you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident involving a truck and are in need of a truck accident attorney in Chicago.