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Lake County truck accident lawyer driver negligenceThroughout 2016, approximately 4,500 Americans lost their lives in accidents involving large commercial vehicles. This incredible number of fatalities involving commercial trucks and buses marked a 5% increase in comparison to 2015. 

Commercial truck drivers have a responsibility to drive safely, since the sheer size of their vehicles gives them the potential to cause a great deal of damage to standard passenger vehicles. Of all the fatalities involving large commercial vehicles in 2016, only 16% of those killed were the drivers of the commercial vehicles. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a truck accident, you should work with a legal team that will protect your right to compensation from the parties who were responsible.

Forms of Negligence by Truck Drivers

Despite the fact that all truck drivers are forced to go through rigorous training programs and testing before receiving their commercial driver’s license (CDL), hundreds of truck drivers throughout the United States drive negligently and endanger others on the road. Some common ways of doing so include: 


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Gurnee truck accident lawyer drowsy drivingEvery year, thousands of commercial trucking accidents occur throughout the United States. Due to the sheer size of the vast majority of commercial trucks, it should come as no surprise that many of these accidents lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Throughout 2016 alone, just under 4,000 Americans died in truck accidents. If you or a member of your family are injured in a commercial trucking accident, it is entirely likely that the accident was caused by a driver’s negligence or company oversight.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Thousands of Americans die on an annual basis due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 72,000 crashes occurred in 2013 due to drowsy driving. In all, over 800 Americans lost their lives in 2013 due to the negligence of drowsy drivers.

Drowsy driving is becoming increasingly common among commercial truck drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists commercial truck drivers as one of the likeliest demographics to fall asleep at the wheel. Despite the fact that commercial truck drivers are only legally allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours at a time, many truck drivers admit to violating this law. Driving for an extended amount of time has a direct correlation to collisions caused by driver fatigue


truck driver fatigueTruck drivers have specific rules designed to prevent accidents and ensure safety for everyone on the road. Commercial truck drivers are allowed a maximum of 14 consecutive hours drive time with an allowance of 70 hours a work week on average. They are required to abide by the rules set forth or face penalty.

Both drivers and their trucking companies can be cited and fined a maximum $11,000 per offense. Drivers can face a separate $2,750 civil penalty.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) implemented new federal regulations with the goal of reducing truck driver fatigue. The FMSCA estimated that these regulations would prevent 1,400 crashes and hundred of injuries a year.


Chicago auto accident lawyer, Chicago truck accident lawyer, motor vehicle accidents, negligent driver, truck accidents, Illinois truck accident lawyer, significant property damageUnder negligence rules in Illinois, a “tortfeasor” (someone who acts negligently) is responsible for all foreseeable harm that arises from their conduct. There are many classic legal cases where the issue of “foreseeability” is analyzed. But, in the vast majority of cases the matter is relatively straightforward.

Consider a recent tragic example. According to reports, late last month a semi truck ran a red light on U.S. 20 in Winnebago County in Northern Illinois. The truck apparently collided with at least three other vehicles causing significant property damage and seriously injuring several travelers. All those hurt in the accident likely have legal rights under the civil law to recover from the negligent driver (and perhaps his employer) as a result of the accident. That is because it is clearly foreseeable that a collision can occur when a truck runs a red light. Because of the size of the trailer on these trucks, it is also always foreseeable that several cars can be caught up in the incident.

Truck accidents are distinct from other motor vehicle accidents in that the risk of harm is often significantly higher.

Imagine the same accident as above, except that the truck in question was hauling some volatile or hazardous material. If the accident triggered an explosion, the damage could have affected many more travelers. Even though the drivers’ mistake in the actual accident and the hypothetical accident is identical--running a red light--the second driver would face far greater liability. This due to the natural risk of causing significant harm if negligent while driving a vehicle with dangerous cargo. It is foreseeable that these accidents could cause an explosion.


Chicago residents have likely heard about the tragic story involving students on their way to a college visit. The students were travelling by bus in northern California last week when a tractor-trailer crashed into the bus and killed 10 people, five of which were students in their teens. Others killed include both the bus driver and the truck driver, a college recruiter and two chaperones.

According to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board, the semi-truck was travelling on Interstate 5 in California. The truck apparently crossed over a 58-foot median from the southbound lane into a north-travelling lane and hit one car and then crashed into the bus. Subsequent investigation into the crash scene showed no evidence that the truck driver tried to brake, either in the median or when the truck crossed into the northbound lane.

It was a different story for the bus driver, who clearly tried to avoid the accident. Investigators believe that the bus driver tried to swerve to avoid impact. Investigators will also review blood samples from the bus driver and semi driver to test for alcohol or other drugs.

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