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truck accident, DuPage County truck accident attorney, Illinois truck accident, truck safety violations, personal injury claimMany DuPage County residents know how dangerous and often deadly a collision with a large truck can be. Truck accidents happen more often than they should. Whether you regularly commute to work in Chicago and share I-88 or I-290 with semi-trucks transporting goods across the country, or if you are simply headed to a retail establishment at Oakbrook Center, you know that big rigs are much larger and heavier than passenger cars. To be sure, large trucks can cause devastating damage when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles.

According to a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, if more 18-wheelers were equipped with safety technology, we could prevent more than 60,000 crashes annually.

Large Truck Collisions Are On the Rise

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truck accident injury prevention, DuPage County truck accident attorney, truck accidents, Illinois truck accidentsWhen a motorist is involved in a highway accident involving a tractor-trailer in DuPage County, there is a high likelihood of serious or fatal injuries. As a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) explains, large trucks often weigh between 20 and 30 times as much as a passenger vehicle, and they have a greater ground clearance than smaller vehicles. As such, collisions between 18-wheelers and passenger cars are often deadly. 

Federal law currently requires large trucks to have rear underride guards to prevent a passenger car from going underneath the truck in the event of a crash. However, these guards are not always enough to prevent serious and fatal injuries.

There may be a new solution to preventing serious and fatal injuries in trucking accidents: side guard rails. According to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, while rear underride guards may be insufficient when it comes to reducing the risk of a deadly crash, adding a requirement of side guard rails might actually serve such a purpose.

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deadly truck accidents, DuPage County large truck accident attorneys, DuPage county personal injury attorney, tractor-trailer accident, truck accident.jpgThe number of trucks involved in deadly accidents has risen 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest data available. In 2015, according to the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 415,000 accidents involving 18-wheelers reported to police.

Of these, 1 percent involved at least one fatality, and in 20 percent of the accidents, injuries were sustained. That means there were about 83,000 accidents last year involving tractor-trailers that caused injury.

As for the number of fatal crashes reported in 2015, the FMCSA reports that there were 3,598 deadly accidents involving 4,050 tractor-trailers. The 18-wheeler involvement rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by tractor-trailer trucks also rose by 8 percent from 1.34 to 1.45.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dangerous-truck-drivers-DuPage-County.jpgConsistent safe driving practices is ideal. However, at the end of the day, the reality is that accidents do happen. Additionally, when accidents involve large trucks, the destruction and ensuing injuries can be catastrophic.

Many regulations are in place to promote safe driving by truckers on our roads. These regulations include limits on driving hours, maintenance requirements, and weight limits. One factor which can also contribute to a deadly truck accident is the negligent hiring of a dangerous driver by a trucking company.

If you or a loved one was involved in a serious truck accident and you suspect the driver was driving in a dangerous manner that contributed to the accident, retain the services of an experienced truck accident attorney. Your attorney will make an assessment of your rights and potential to recover monetary damages for your injuries and losses.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_semi-truck-technology-DuPage-County.jpgLarge, intimidating, and capable of wreaking complete havoc, semi-trucks are one of the most formidable vehicles on the road. Indeed, they are involved in thousands of crashes each year—98 percent of which result in at least one fatality. Yet, even the victims who survive often have life-altering complications, such as paralyzation, permanent brain damage, and burn injuries.

In hopes of reducing the frequency of semi-truck crashes and the impact they ultimately have on the lives of victims and their families, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently teamed and proposed a new federal law.

Tech and Proposed Federal Law Would Limit Speed

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