Cicero Distracted Driving Accidents
Since the invention of the citizen’s band, or CB, radio in the 1970s, technology in the cabs of semi-trucks has increasingly contributed to Chicago distracted driving accidents. Today, despite federal bans and stiff penalties, it is common to see drivers of large trucks texting and making calls while they haul their goods. These distractions come with a hefty price. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks were involved in fatal accidents that killed nearly 4,000 people in the U.S. in 2012. Of those killed, only 18 percent were truck occupants. All others were the occupants of other vehicles or unsuspecting pedestrians.
Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers
A commercial truck has the potential to cause serious catastrophic accidents due to the vehicle’s large size and weight. When a rig collides with a regular car or truck – whether due to distract driving, driver fatigue, truck defects, over-weighted truck and load issues, or in the case of a drug and alcohol-related truck accident – there is nowhere for all of the force exerted in the crash to go except into the other vehicle and its occupants. It is imperative for truckers to abide by the laws and keep distractive behaviors out of the cab. These distractions include the following:
- GPS units
- Music systems
- CB radios
- Food and drink
Personal injury attorneys see the aftermath of these distracted driving accidents on a regular basis. Accident victims often must endure the lifelong effects of traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and damage to internal organs following these crashes. In many cases, families lose one or more of their loved ones to catastrophic injuries.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney to Discuss Your Case
If you believe driver distraction caused or contributed to your accident, talk with a truck accident attorney. At Cary J. Wintroub & Associates, we are prepared to work with accident reconstruction specialists to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the crash. Our team will help to ensure that we have the whole truth about what happened to cause your accident. Then we will build a plan together to pursue your case and get your family the compensation you deserve due to the negligence of a distracted truck driver. Contact our accident lawyers today by calling (312) 726-1021 to arrange a free consultation.