When a truck driver is behind the wheel, it's of the utmost importance that he or she is alert and well-rested. If the individual hasn't had enough sleep, he or she could make poor decisions that lead to a crash.
Car crashes involving a commercial vehicle are much more likely to result in an injury or fatality. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that out of 141,000 observed crashes involving a commercial truck, 87 percent of them were a result of driver error.
Before we get started, we want to say that contributory negligence could be a factor in any personal injury case in Illinois. We have chosen to put the focus on commercial vehicle accidents in this blog post because they so often result in serious injuries.
Personal injury attorneys do not typically see commercial vehicle accidents as they happen. What we do witness is the aftermath for victims of injury or wrongful death and it is disturbing to say the least. Many of our neighbors might be shocked to learn how often commercial vehicle accidents occur here in Illinois.
If you get into an accident with an at-fault driver of a commercial delivery truck, you could have several avenues of financial recovery open to you.
According to projected figures supplied by AAA, the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is expected to have the second highest volume of traffic ever in the history of the holiday that traditionally kicks off the summer. There are reported going to be over 38 million residents of the United States heading out on the nation's highways over the holiday weekend.
Large urban hubs like Chicago see a great deal of freight being shipped through the city every day inside of 18-wheelers. But when large trucks and smaller passenger vehicles collide, those in the smaller trucks and cars are incredibly vulnerable to injuries and deaths.
A 54-year-old Morton Grove man is facing a felony charge for a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a 25-year-old bicyclist. The accident occurred on the evening of July 13 at Pennsylvania Avenue and Algonquin Road in Des Plaines. Authorities say that the car involved in the accident is owned by the driver's employer, United Airlines.
Parents of 11 Southern Illinois children are all breathing a collective sigh of relief after an accident between a daycare bus and a garbage truck sent 11 kids and two adults to a hospital. Police reports say that at around 7:15a.m. on the morning of May 2, a garbage truck owned by a commercial trash collection company turned a corner at a high rate of speed. The daycare bus had just turned the same corner going in the opposite direction when the garbage truck tipped from excessive speed and collided with the bus's rear end. The resulting impact spun the bus around and then off the road. The garbage truck ultimately ended up on its side in a grassy area off to the side of the road.