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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are more large trucks and buses on the road in the United States than ever before. In 2017, more than 13.2 million large trucks and buses were registered in the country. While this is indicative of the growth of commerce in the country, it has also contributed to the rise in the number of truck accidents. The FMCSA estimated that there were more than 4,400 fatal traffic accidents involving large trucks and approximately 116,000 injury-only accidents with trucks in 2016. Because of the large size of trucks, accidents are often very serious, and other vehicles and their occupants usually sustain the worst injuries. Fortunately, there are certain precautions that can be taken to prevent truck accidents in Illinois:

  1. Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spots

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IL injury lawyerOperating an automobile on public motorways involves a lot of social compacts. Because accidents involving automobiles can inflict serious injury, and even death, all automobile operators must ensure that not only are they operating the automobile in a prudent manner, but that the automobile itself must be in a safe state. The need for regular maintenance and repair is especially important for commercial trucks. A poorly-maintained truck can cause accidents, and victims may need to engage the services of an attorney experienced in truck equipment failure accidents to recover compensation.

A horrific example of a poorly-maintained commercial truck recently occurred in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, in which a wheel flew off a sanitation truck and killed a nearby motorist. In this particular example, Century Waste, a New Jersey company who owned the faulty commercial truck, actually failed 65 percent of the government inspections performed within the past two years. A discussion of maintenance requirements for commercial trucks, as well as some common examples of inadequate truck maintenance, will follow below.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

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IL injury lawyerDriving a commercial truck is a skill that is attained through proper training and experience. The size and delayed responsiveness, compared to the average passenger vehicle, make operating these trucks an endeavor that creates a heightened chance of a serious accident. Trucking accidents are more likely to produce severe injury and death due to the extent of the damage sustained by the other vehicle. Regulators, understanding this risk, have strict rules about the licensure of operators, necessary training and trip standards, as well as load restrictions and other various requirements, all in an effort to reduce the occurrence of accidents.

Because of the risk these vehicles pose to the life and health of others on the road in the event of an accident, one area of truck operation that is of particular focus by regulators is the amount of hours a driver may be on the road before a substantial break is required (currently, 11 hours). Drivers are required to log their hours to ensure compliance. However, the delivery schedules imposed on many drivers make complying with this rule practically impossible, leading some to drive while extremely fatigued, and later falsify log books to avoid violations that can put their license at risk for suspension or revocation.

This practice can be deadly in an accident, and make the driver and trucking company liable to victims for compensation. A discussion of the physics behind why most trucking accidents produce catastrophic injuries, and how a victim may seek to hold those at fault legally responsible, will follow below.

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