Cook County Truck Accident Injury - Joliet Trucking Injury Attorney

DuPage, Will,  Kane, County Truck Injury Attorney

According to the Illinois Crash Data supplied by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 895 fatal crashes with 991 fatalities in 2013.  When compared to 2012 Illinois saw an increase of 35 more fatalities in 2013.  The National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that during 2013, 35,200 people died in traffic accidents.  In addition to these 2013 fatalities, there were about 3.8 million crash injuries requiring medical treatment.  Nationally that would reflect a decrease over traffic statistics from 2012 but in Illinois, unfortunately, the trend for 2013 was on the rise. 
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there was a 3.3% increase in 2012 vehicle crash fatalities over 2011 and during this same period of time nationally there was a 3.7 % increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks.  Of those involved in large truck crashes, 74% of the deaths involved tractor-trailer trucks versus a single-unit truck.  According to the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, trucks account for 8% of US highway traffic but they are involved in 11% of fatal road crashes.
 
Typically truck accidents cause greater harm than accidents involving other types of vehicles because of the sheer size and weight of most trucks.  If you are the victim in a trucking accident, determining what caused the accident and who was responsible can be complicated. The truck's driver, the owner of the truck and or trailer, the company leasing the truck or trailer, the manufacturer of the part that failed (if this is  
In an effort to provide some clarification of responsible parties, Federal Law states that any company owning a trucking permit is responsible for all accidents involving a truck displaying its name or placard.
 
While there are many contributing factors when a truck/vehicle crash occurs, some commonly seen causes include:
  • Fatigue - Truck driver fatigue can play a major role in crash.  Fatigue can be a result of long hours on the road, lack of sleep, poor sleep or a number of other psychological or physiological factors.
  • Hours on the road - Even though hours on the road are federally regulated, violations in hours and breaks still occur.
  • Driving too fast for conditions - drivers often don't adjust their speed to allow for reduced visibility, poor road conditions, slick surfaces or other weather related conditions that require slower speeds.
  • Truck braking capabilities - Loaded tractor-trailers can take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop.  This distance increases if road conditions are poor or brakes have been poorly maintained.
  • Unqualified or under qualified drivers
  • Improper vehicle maintenance - worn tires, faulty brakes, etc.
  • Speed - Speeds above 45 mph double the risk of a fatal crash.
  • Deadlines - Many companies promote themselves for "on time" deliveries or "speedy" deliveries.  Drivers are encouraged to make these delivery deadlines.  Rushing to make a deadline does not allow for weather reduced speeds or thorough pre and post trip vehicle inspections.
 
If you have suffered a personal injury in an accident involving a semi-truck or a single unit truck, you have the right to be compensated for medical expenses, property damages and emotional damages.Contact Joliet Trucking Accident Attorney Tim Henderson to discuss your trucking accident claim as soon as possible so you can be sure you have someone acting as your advocate.  He has represented clients in Joliet, Oak Brook and throughout the Chicagoland area including towns in Cook, Kane, Will and DuPage Counties.  Success is no accident but a result of hard work, commitment and dedication. As your personal injury attorney, he will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
 

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