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truck accidents, DuPage County truck accident attorney, Illinois truck accident, truck wreck, truck drivers injuredWe often hear about the risks of drowsy driving when it comes to truck accidents in DuPage County and throughout the country. More specifically, given that semi-truck drivers tend to be on the road for long stretches of time, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific hours of service regulations designed to ensure that a truck driver is not behind the wheel for more than a certain number of consecutive hours during any single drive. Those regulations require truckers to take rest breaks at certain points in order to prevent truck crashes.

Yet the hours of service regulations do not take into account the hours a truck driver might spend behind the wheel in his or her own vehicle in order to reach the workplace—the location where the truck driver actually picks up the 18-wheeler and begins driving for pay. Can this commute time contribute to drowsy driving accidents?

What is Excessive Commuting and How Can It Lead to Drowsy Driving Truck Collisions?

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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 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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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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