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Throughout the United States, thousands of Americans are injured in accidents involving commercial trucks each year. Due to the sheer size of most commercial vehicles, collisions involving standard cars are often devastating. In many cases, commercial trucking accidents are caused by the negligent actions of the trucking company or the truck driver. If you or a loved one are injured in a commercial trucking collision, seek experienced legal guidance immediately. 

Commercial Truck Accident Statistics 

With millions of commercial trucks on the road each day, trucking accidents are common and often horrific. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were nearly 3,900 fatal commercial trucking accidents in 2016. In all, more than 100,000 Americans suffered injuries that required hospitalization after being involved in a truck crash. While some trucking accidents are unavoidable, many are directly related to the reckless actions of an employee. 

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Chicago Semi-Truck Accident Injury AttorneysA recent tragedy in the Chicago area reminded us of the constant dangers semi-truck drivers face every time they start a shift. On Tuesday, September 11th, a semi-truck crashed into a Lansing apartment building, injuring themselves and one resident. The accident occurred prior to 8:00 a.m. on Torrence Avenue, south of 184th Street. While the truck driver was not fatally injured in the accident, his injuries did require hospitalization.

The accident was the latest in a long line of semi-truck accidents. In 2016 alone, over 4,400 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents throughout the United States. If you or a family member are involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is paramount to speak with a legal professional.

Semi-Truck Crashes Rising Nationwide

Despite mandated testing that all drivers must pass before operating a semi-truck, accidents involving semi-trucks continue to rise. According to the Department of Transportation, semi-truck fatalities have risen 29% since 2005. In 2016, the Department of Transportation found that there was a nearly 2% increase in semi-truck fatalities, in comparison to 2015.

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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.

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