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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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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Truck drivers must have the proper training and education to operate tractor trailers. Trucks can weigh 20 times more than passenger vehicles and pose a great risk to other drivers and pedestrians. Because truck drivers are allowed to operate on the same roads as cars, it is critical that drivers are trained and properly credentialed. However, this does not always occur, and if it does occur, it may not be enough to keep everyone safe. In fact, a large percentage of accidents are caused by truck driver error.

Types of Driver Error

If the driver is at fault -- which is usually the case where the truck is found to have caused the accident -- there are several types of errors that usually can be blamed. (It may be the case that the truck is at fault, but for reasons outside of the fault of the driver, such as a faulty truck part or poorly loaded trailer.) Such errors include:
  • Non-Performance. Operator fell asleep or could not drive due to a sudden health issue like a heart attack or a seizure.
  • Recognition. Operator was distracted and failed to respond to a condition on the roadway. A distraction can be something inside or outside the vehicle.
  • Decision. Operator was speeding, misread the speed of other cars, drove too fast for conditions, misjudged the speed of other vehicles or made false assumptions about other car’s actions.
  • Performance. Operator overcompensated or froze.

Huge Shortage of Drivers

The trucking industry also has a major shortage of drivers. In 2015, the estimated shortage of drivers was estimated to be 48,000. If the situation does not improve, the shortage may increase in 175,000 drivers needed by 2024. Some safety experts believe that the shortage of drivers forces trucking companies to do minimal training and schedule drivers on routes above their experience levels. This can also cause drivers to be behind the wheel for more hours than allowed. Such situations can cause accidents that leave motorists with severe medical injuries and property damage.

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