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DuPage County trucking accident lawyer, truck safety violations, Illinois truck accident, truck accident prevention, truck crashWhen you are on a major highway like I-290 or I-88, it can be an anxiety-inducing experience to drive around and between numerous semi-trucks while worrying about truck accidents. Given that these highways are part of key routes for many shippers, there are often 18-wheelers moving through DuPage County.

It is stressful to wonder whether you are safe to pass a large truck, or whether you are in its blind spot. Moreover, you may even panic when you see that a trucker is attempting to change lanes, and it does not seem as if there is sufficient space to do so.

Therefore, if you drive a smaller automobile, what do you need to know in order to stay safe driving near large trucks on the highway?

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_big-rig-trucks-DuPage-County.jpgTractor-trailers pose a huge threat to drivers of passenger cars. If they get into an accident, other cars are no match for such a heavy and large truck. Under trucking regulations, a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average car weighs 4,000 pounds.

Because of this danger, trucks must follow additional federal and state regulations aimed at keeping trucks from getting into accidents. If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, your case would be helped if it was determined that your accident was caused by the truck’s non-compliance with the regulations. 

Consider the following trucking regulations that, if not followed, commonly lead to accidents.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneys, truck accidentsTrucks are often regarded as a menacing presence on our roads and highways. Cars feel minuscule in comparison and drivers often feel weary of driving near them—concerns that are not without merit.

Truck accidents occur frequently and the outcomes can be deadly, especially given the speeds involved on highways. In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. What exacerbates the issue is when trucks are overweight or overloaded.

Businesses across the country are competing for their share of the market. With so much commerce now originating online, the traffic flow of goods now takes up a significant amount of what is being transported on our roads. This demand can pressure distributors to cut corners to meet demands and deadlines, and trucks can be loaded well beyond capacity.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Illinois-truck-accident.jpgAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of truck crashes and fatalities is on the rise. In 2011 alone, 3,757 died in collisions with trucks and more than 80,000 Americans were injured. Though trucks make up less than five percent of all vehicles on U.S. roadways, per mile driven, those same trucks cause fatalities at rate that is 17 percent higher than that for regular passenger vehicles.

Size of Trucks: A Contributing Factor

Along with the number of trucks on the road, the size of trucks will also increase as well. In fact, some will be longer than passenger airplanes and weigh up to 20 times more than a family car. Given the size disparity between trucks and cars, when trucks crash, most of the people who are injured or die are the occupants of the cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and even pedestrians involved, as opposed to the truck drivers themselves.

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