The topic of truck accidents in Will County was discussed in the January 15, 2016 post titled “Will County Truck Driving Safety.” That post was written after WGN aired a segment (video with article) titled “Elwood residents campaign for safer roads after deadly truck accidents,” which discussed the reasons for high levels of truck traffic – and associated truck accidents – in Elwood.
As seen in crash data statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in 2014 there were nearly 1000 semi truck accidents in Will County, and another 369 “single-unit” truck crashes. Of these accidents, 237 involved injuries, and 18 were fatal.
In the city of Elwood, there were 44 truck accidents, two of which were fatal.
While the specific reasons for these accidents are not specified there are many common reasons for truck accidents.
Truck accidents have received a fair amount of national attention over the last few years due to high-profile accidents in which truckers had been driving (without breaks) for an extended amount of time before being involved in crashes.
As well, several Chicago area bad truck accidents have occurred due to this same issue, with truck drivers either falling asleep at the wheel or being sufficiently drowsy as to cause crashes.
Of course, there are many other causes of truck accidents. The range of causes is broad. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in a page titled “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study” (dated July 2007, updated December 19, 2014) discusses statistics regarding truck crashes and their causes.
As seen on the page, the causes (critical reasons) are generally categorized as:
- Driver (87%)
- Vehicle (10%)
- Environment (3%)
Within each of those categories are various reasons. For instance, within the “Driver” critical reasons are:
- Non-Performance: The driver fell asleep, was disabled by a heart attack or seizure, or was physically impaired for another reason.
- Recognition: The driver was inattentive, was distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle, or failed to observe the situation adequately for some other reason.
- Decision: For example, the driver was driving too fast for conditions, misjudged the speed of other vehicles, or followed other vehicles too closely.
- Performance: For example, the driver panicked, overcompensated, or exercised poor directional control.
Statistical breakdowns for each are provided.
As well, as seen under the report’s findings, there are many reasons for such crashes.
Of course, other studies exist. Another study’s findings are seen in ScienceDaily.com page titled “Trucks a significant cause of severe accidents, study finds.”
Due to dynamics of a semi truck, loss of control issues can be substantial, due to a variety of issues, including the weight and length of a typical semi truck. The potential for loss of control of a “big rig” can be exacerbated by any number of factors, such as adverse weather, excess speed, and mechanical defects, or a combination thereof.
As far as Will County truck crashes are concerned, a website (Safe Roads Illinois) has been created concerning trucking safety concerns in Will County. The site voices concerns about the trucking traffic and truck driver behavior exhibited in Will County.
On this site, individual truck accidents are summarized in posts under the “truck accidents” category. Those posts include truck accidents that have happened on I-80 and I-55. The reasons for these truck accidents vary.
If you or someone that you care for has been injured in a vehicle accident, speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible is recommended. There are steps one should take in order to safeguard one’s legal rights, as well as maximize one’s potential for injury compensation.
Due to the typical severe nature of truck accidents, injury compensation is likely to be needed in order to pay for a range of expenses, including current and future medical costs and a variety of other costs (including foregone income) that an injured person may incur. As well, there are other potential reasons for monetary compensation should one be hurt in a truck accident.
Should you be injured in an Illinois truck accident, call Tony Elman at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to see what legal actions should be taken, including the potential for filing an Illinois personal injury lawsuit. This legal consultation is provided at no charge, and is confidential in nature.
Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.
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