You've probably felt yourself growing tired behind the wheel before. The sound of the road and the passing of the lines create a monotonous, endless repetition that can start to put you to sleep, especially if you were already tired when you got in the car. If you've been there, you should know that this is actually pretty common in Illinois and all across the United States.
A federal investigation into the death of an Illinois police officer concluded that the driver of the semi-truck that hit him had fallen asleep. The latest measure taken by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce drowsy driving truck accidents takes effect this week, as long-haul truck drivers are seeing their hours of service limits changed. The new guidelines are still being disputed by the trucking industry which claims that the rules will have a minimal impact on safety while making it difficult for truckers to make a living. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains that they are a reasonable measure in combating driver fatigue.
When a person is struck by a large commercial vehicle, there may be much more at stake than if a person is in an accident with another passenger vehicle. In terms of damage, a tractor trailer is much more powerful and heavy than a regular vehicle and can cause catastrophic levels of damage in a crash. Property damage, serious injuries and fatalities are often the consequence of a serious truck accident.
Large semi trucks often carry heavy or dangerous cargo across the country. If the operators or drivers of these trucks try to cut corners or take risks in transporting materials, they can put other motorists in serious danger if they cause a truck accident. Because of their size, power and weight, trucks can do significant amounts of damage to property and people in the area if they crash. When a semi-truck driver's negligence results in other drivers having accidents, those drivers may want to consult a qualified attorney to inquire about pursuing damages.
Preventing trucking accidents from ever happening is crucial for many reasons. Trucking accidents can cause serious property damage and put people in danger if hazardous cargo is spilled after a crash. The cleanup efforts that are required after a crash can be substantial and can be costly, both in terms of money and time. But the most important reason to prevent these truck accidents is because they can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries to the victims who are involved.
The term "black box" has been synonymous with airplane crash investigations for decades in America. These near-indestructible boxes have offered information about pilots' actions and outside events that have enabled accidents to be reconstructed and better understood, providing valuable answers for both victims' families and airline companies.
Heavy trucks present a problem for motorists nationwide; their sheer size makes them much more dangerous than passenger vehicles in the event of an accident. In addition, commercial trucks' large size makes them more like to be involved in rollover accidents.
Distracted driving has always been a problem. However, with the recent proliferation of cellphones, handheld devices and in-car electronics systems, instances of distracted-driving related traffic accidents are on the rise. Although much of the focus has been on individual drivers, the problem is hitting commercial fleets as well.
The commercial trucking industry has long had a problem with so-called "chameleon carriers" - trucking companies that simply reopen under a new name after being shut down for serious and repeated safety violations.