Car accidents with semis are nearly always fatal for the car drivers and passengers. You want to do anything you can to avoid a collision with a tractor trailer. The most obvious way is to follow driving rules concerning safely sharing the road with big rigs. That is not the only thing you can do, however. Being aware of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents can also help you prevent them from happening to you.
Sharing the road with commercial truckers can be challenging in the best circumstances, and when cars and trucks collide, smaller automobiles are usually on the losing end of things. Your chances of being a victim of a trucker accident jump considerably when the truck driver is distracted. Just as distractions such as phone use or eating or drinking behind the wheel frequently contribute to accidents among regular motorists, distractions are also an issue for many truck drivers.
It has been a difficult winter for drivers not only here in Chicago, but throughout the United States. Even states unaccustomed to snow and ice have received both this winter, causing major cities to effectively shut down. There is little debate about the fact that extreme winter weather is resulting in more frequent and severe traffic accidents.
The fatal truck accident that recently occurred on Interstate 88 near Aurora has been a topic of much discussion – and not just on this blog. Although fatal truck accidents are sadly common, this case seems to be an especially strong example of what can go wrong when commercial truck drivers ignore hours-of-service rules and continue to drive well past the point of fatigue.
Both of our posts last week focused on the fatal truck accident along Interstate 88 that injured an Illinois state trooper and killed a Tollway worker. Truck driver fatigue was blamed for the accident and the truck driver responsible is facing several felony charges.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the fatal truck crash that occurred last week on Interstate 88 near Aurora. The driver who caused the truck accident was apparently suffering from fatigue and had allegedly been working for approximately 36 hours with less than four hours of sleep.
One of the stories dominating Chicago area news right now is the fatal truck accident that occurred early last week. Based on new accounts, truck driver fatigue is the likely cause of the devastating crash that killed a tollway worker and severely injured a state trooper.
Truck accidents are an ever-present threat on roads and highways throughout the Chicago area. But these giant vehicles also pose a threat to Chicagoans traveling in other parts of the country as well. Sadly, a recent truck accident in Texas claimed the lives of two young men and injured three others from Northeastern Illinois University.
We have previously written about the devastating truck accidents caused by drivers who are sleep deprived, distracted or impaired by drugs/alcohol. While drivers of any type of motor vehicle are dangerous under the aforementioned conditions, truck drivers are particularly dangerous because of the sheer size and weight of their vehicles.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a fatal truck accident that killed an Illinois State Police trooper. That accident, which occurred last March, occurred because the young truck driver involved nodded off behind the wheel. He had allegedly worked a shift that was several hours longer than the limit under federal law.