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Ten Reasons that Truck Drivers Crash

Trucking accidents represent only a small portion of total accidents on the highways, but people in them are more likely to be killed or suffer serious injuries. Several organizations - including the trucking industry - have done several studies to determine what causes trucks to have accidents. Hopefully this will lead to making trucks even safer. … [Read more...]

Wintroub & Associates Feel Feds Attempts to Make Highways Safer are a Good Move

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, 3,660 people died in accidents involving large trucks during 2014. This was the greatest increase in trucking accident deaths since 2009 when the least number of deaths occurred since the collection of this data began in 1975. Most of these deaths were occupants in passenger vehicles. This increase has helped fuel … [Read more...]

Lobbyists Push to Loosen Regulations on Big Rigs

Large truck accidents account for an estimated 4,000 deaths in the United States each year, and result in approximately 85,000 injuries. Fatalities involving big rigs have risen by 17 percent since 2009, and injuries have increased by about 28 percent. As startling as these statistics are, many individuals would expect members of congress to push for tighter safety regulations. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Six Reasons that Big Rigs Crash

In an average year, more than 3,000 people lose their lives in trucking accidents. Approximately 70,000 crashes more result in injuries. This is according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Its 2007 Large Truck Crash Causation Study(LTCCS) established the top reasons for trucking accidents. … [Read more...]

Drunk driving prevention technology receives federal push

In the United States, the alcohol-related fatalities occurring in car accidents exceeded 10,000 in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Illinois, alcohol-related fatalities comprised 41 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. This rise in deaths led the federal government to increase funds allocated to research for developing advanced ignition interlock … [Read more...]

How does a trucker jackknife a semi?

The improved economy has brought more traffic to the roadways in Illinois, with more tractor trailers needed to fill consumer demand. A personal injury attorney in Chicago may fear that this boom may be contributing to the steep rise in truck accident fatalities since 2011. There are many risk factors that are unique to tractor trailers. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reveals … [Read more...]

Proposed Illinois law seeks to charge negligent truckers with felony

A 2014 Chicago Tribune news story reported that an Illinois tollway worker was killed and a state trooper injured in a truck collision. According to prosecutors, the driver had allegedly been driving for approximately 36 hours with only 3.5 hours of rest. The driver’s logbook indicated that he was compliant with federal regulations. However, data from the onboard computer, toll road information … [Read more...]

Truck drivers guilty of these 3 distractions

Truck drivers guilty of these 3 distractions In September 2014, a semi-truck driver swerved and struck a college softball team’s bus. According to NBC News, the driver told the Oklahoma Highway Patrol that he was reaching for a drink, which caused him to veer into the bus. The accident claimed the lives of four young women. The driver of the accident has not been charged, but many people who … [Read more...]

Distracted truck driver kills officer while browsing his cellphone

Operating a tractor trailer takes great skill, concentration and focus. When truck drivers are engaged in other activities, however, the results can become fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are banned from texting and driving. Federal law also prohibits commercial truck drivers from using handheld cellular devices to conduct voice communications … [Read more...]

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