DuPage County Truck Accident Lawyers
Attorneys for Truck Driver Error and Fatigue Accidents Serving Lombard, Chicago and Bloomingdale
Truck driver fatigue endangers Illinois drivers. Semi-trucks are involved in multiple-vehicle fatal crashes at twice the rate of passenger vehicles. The drivers of big trucks deal with certain limitations and considerations which those driving passenger vehicles do not. Large 18-wheelers cannot stop quickly, have maneuverability issues, and have several blind spots—all of which affect the truck driver and certainly the other drivers on the roadways. While semi-truck accidents are caused by a number of issues, one factor which tops the list is truck drivers who drive while overly fatigued. Nearly half of all truck drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past year—an alarming fact for others who share the roadways with truckers.
The experienced DuPage County truck accident lawyers from Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices are skilled at proving negligence on the part of the trucker and the trucking company. We are adept and knowledgeable attorneys who have experience with a wide range of personal injury matters. We offer evening and weekend appointments, 5 convenient locations, and provide regular updates on your case.
Illinois Truck Driver Accidents
Truck drivers are paid by the mile, meaning the more miles they can drive on any given day, the better their paycheck looks on payday. The trucking companies who employ truck drivers have little interest in curtailing the driver’s hours since the faster the loads are delivered, the more money the company makes. These two facts result in a sort of perfect storm where fatigued truck drivers continue to get behind the wheel of their big trucks every single day—despite relatively new regulations imposed in an attempt to stop exhausted, drowsy truck drivers from being on the road.
Currently, commercial truck drivers may only drive for eleven hours, after which they must take ten hours off-duty (presumably sleeping for a good portion of that time). Regulations state that truck drivers may only spend a total of sixty hours within a seven-day period behind the wheel of their truck, yet anyone who has ever driven for eleven hours at a stretch realizes just how taxing driving for this length of time can be, both physically and emotionally. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes the risk of a truck driver having an accident more than doubles after driving longer than eight-ten hours at a stretch. Our trucking accident attorneys will ensure log books are requested in order to prove a drowsy truck driver was responsible for your accident.
Despite the mandate that truckers may only drive eleven hours per day, slim paychecks and tight deadlines result in many drivers pushing themselves beyond those limits. Even more disturbing, some truck drivers use methamphetamine or “speed” to stay awake and alert while driving over long periods of time. While the drugs may indeed keep drivers awake, they also affect the driver’s ability to fully focus on the road and the traffic around them as well as affecting reaction time.
Maximum Compensation for DuPage County Residents Injured in a Trucking Accident
The attorneys at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices helps those injured by a negligent, distracted or fatigued truck driver receive the compensation they are entitled to. We work aggressively to ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries, lost wages, future lost earnings and pain and suffering. We are skilled negotiators, yet never hesitate to step into a courtroom, using every resource at our disposal on your behalf. With over 200 years combined experience in our firm, our goal, first and foremost, is to protect your rights—as well as your future. If you want a solid advocate in your corner following your trucking accident injuries, contact our attorneys at 630-932-9100630-932-9100. We take your schedule into consideration and will arrange your free consultation at a convenient time and place for you.