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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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Lombard semi-truck accident lawyerThe thought of being in any type of motor vehicle accident is scary for most people, because the consequences can be tragic. There is no way to completely mitigate the risks of traveling in a vehicle, since the actions of other drivers, as well as basic human error, are impossible to predict. However, trucking accidents present different and more concerning issues because of the damage commercial vehicles can easily cause to passenger vehicles. 

If you see one roadside crash involving a semi-truck, the extent of the danger involved is immediately apparent. The likelihood of sustaining catastrophic or fatal injuries is much greater in these types of collisions, due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. In a recent example of the very real danger commercial trucks pose on the roads, a tanker truck carrying propane gas exploded outside of Bologna, Italy after rear-ending another vehicle. One person was killed and almost 70 were injured in the blast. The dangerous materials that commercial trucks transport on a regular basis is just one factor that differentiates truck accidents from regular car accidents.  

Federal and State Regulations

Unlike passenger vehicles, commercial trucks and the drivers who operate these vehicles are subject to additional regulations from federal and state governments. These laws address driver licensing qualifications, training, allowable load weight, permissible number of driving hours, and driver logs, among other issues. As a result, the actions of the driver and the trucking company responsible for maintaining the equipment and loading the vehicle are all scrutinized in trucking accidents to see if a failure to correctly follow regulations caused an accident to occur. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

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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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