Truck Accident Common Causes
Even with new regulations for truck braking standards, truck accidents in Illinois can be catastrophic. The odds are heavily stacked against passenger vehicle safety. The following are some common causes of truck accidents in Illinois:
TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE
With a nationwide shortage of drivers reported by the American Trucking Association, truck drivers spent extended periods on the road, leading to fatigue and inattention to the roads and other vehicles. A truck driver's drug or alcohol use may also factor into an Illinois truck accident.
TRUCKING COMPANY NEGLIGENCE
Insufficient training of new drivers and even lack of proper supervision and hiring practices create a situation of trucking company negligence that only makes a bad situation worse and threatens innocent people on the roads.
VIOLATIONS OF TRUCKING LAWS
The federal government found the rate of truck crashes unacceptable. In 1999, it created the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cut down on the violation of trucking laws, including driving without a valid state commercial license, exceeding the number of hours of service, and more. Yet, with these regulations in place, trucking companies ignore them for their own purposes.
TRUCK MAINTENANCE ISSUES AND TRUCK DEFECTS
Faulty brakes, improperly installed mirrors, and weight distribution of cargo loads can all contribute to truck accidents in Illinois. A truck must be regularly inspected, repaired, and maintained by federal regulation. Safety parts such as lamps, reflective devices, hazardous materials warnings, and breakaway and emergency braking systems must be installed. Again, trucking companies may ignore these regulations for their own gain, thereby placing passenger vehicles in peril.
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When an 18-wheeler accident in Illinois occurs, several parties get involved, including the driver's trucking company and its insurance company. The trucking company, insurance adjuster, and their legal counsel do everything in their power to protect their own interests, not yours. They are on the scene quickly to collect whatever evidence they can, including anything that might show your contribution to the accident.
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When you engage a Power Rogers & Smith tractor trailer accident lawyer in Chicago, know that the firm strives to prove the truck driver's liability and, if necessary, that of the trucking company. We access the driver's log and records. We carefully review the driver's qualification. We examine communications between the driver and the trucking company. We study satellite GPS records and electronic control modules. We call upon our own team of experts—accident reconstructionists, technicians, and specialists—to build your case. Read more about our truck accident legal investigations.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact a Power Rogers & Smith trucking accident attorney. We take trucking accidents seriously.
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