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Trucking Accident Attorney Chicago, IL

Trucking accidents can cause incredibly serious and catastrophic injuries simply because of the sheer size of the vehicles.  There are many types of trucking accidents, and many of the accidents will usually involve:

  • Distracted truck truckers
  • Hit-and-run
  • Intoxicated truck drivers
  • Overloaded or unsafe trucks
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Rollovers
  • Sleep-deprived truckers

Kanuru Law Group has successfully represented clients who suffered serious injuries as a result of a truck accident, including those injuries from an accident that was caused by a defective product, including tires, defective seatbelts or gas tanks.  Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are incredibly large vehicles and any accidents that involve them are extremely likely to cause serious and life altering injuries, or even death.  It is important to seek compensation for any injuries or death that resulted from a trucking accident.

Chicago Truck Accident Attorney to help you Take Legal Action

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death because of someone else’s negligence in a trucking accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation.  Kanuru Law Group has vast experience in providing aggressive representation for victims of trucking accidents.  We understand the overwhelming emotions that come with dealing with the aftermath of a trucking accident and we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Trucking Accident Causes

There are many different reasons for why a trucking accident can occur, including:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Driver is poorly trained or inexperienced
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Failure to maintain or inspect vehicle
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Poor maintenance history
  • Speeding
  • Violation of traffic laws
  • Violation of safety regulations and hours of service limitations

Drug and Alcohol Usage by Truck Drivers

If a truck driver consumes even a small amount of alcohol, it can severely impact their ability to react quickly and make good decisions while operating the vehicle.  The legal limit in Illinois is .08%, and even drivers who have consumed half of that amount and have a blood alcohol content of .04% have demonstrated slower reaction times and have a higher risk for driving erratically or recklessly. Trucking companies can make efforts to reduce the amount of trucking accidents caused by drunk truck drivers by not hiring drivers who have previously had DUIs, or by randomly giving their drivers drug and alcohol tests to get these reckless drivers off of the road.

If you have suffered serious injury or death of a loved one because of a drug truck driver, criminal charges can be brought up against the driver for endangering the lives of others.  The trucking company may also be held responsible for the actions of their drivers if they knowingly hired a driver who had a history of accidents in which drugs or alcohol were the cause of the accident.  Our Chicago personal injury attorneys are here to help you hold the truck driver or the trucking company responsible for their negligent or reckless behavior.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations Regarding Truck Maintenance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has federal regulations in which trucking companies are required to continuously inspect and maintain records for all of their vehicles.  There are hundreds of regulations in place to ensure that truck drivers are all using the best safety practices while they are driving.

Trucking accidents can occur if there is insufficient truck maintenance and that is why there are so many regulations regarding truck maintenance.  Truck drivers are required to fill out a daily report, which needs to detail information about parking brakes, services brakes, lights, steering wheel, windshield wipers, horn, tires, rims, wheels and emergency equipment on the vehicle.  All of these pieces of equipment needs to be in proper working order.

The following are the various type of inadequate truck maintenance that can cause accidents:

  • Failing to add new lights to the truck
  • Failing to replace or fill tires
  • Failing to replace the brakes on the truck
  • Failing to replace windshield wipers
  • Not utilizing adequate safety devices to secure loads

Unfortunately, there are too many situations in which the truck driver or trucking company does not fill out their reports, and this can cause serious injuries.  Contact our proficient trucking accident attorneys if you have suffered serious injury as the result of a trucking accident.

Professional Truck Drivers’ Licensing and Certification Requirements

Another cause for trucking accidents is a lack of training for truck drivers, especially for situations in which the truck was too heavy or overloaded.  If the truck driver was insufficiently or improperly trained, the result could be a serious accident that could cause catastrophic injuries or even loss of life.

Truck drivers need to have proper training, licensing and certification in order to handle the vehicles safely.  If a truck driver did not receive sufficient training from their employer and as a result, an accident occurred, the truck driver, trucking company and management may be held liable for any damages from the accident.

Trucking Accidents in Construction Zones

Trucking accidents often occur in work or construction zones, and just in 2010, there were over 87,000 accidents in work zones and there were almost 600 fatalities.  Out of that number, 25% of the fatal accidents involved a large truck.

The reason that so many accidents occur in construction zones is because these areas usually have lane closures and reduced driving space in tighter areas than usual.  Even though most work zones will have the reduced speed limit well marked, there are still many accidents in these areas.  A recent study was conducted of over 17,000 work zone crashes and the most common type of accident in these work zones were rear-end crashes.  Trucking accidents that occur in a work or construction zone can cause serious and catastrophic injuries.  If you have been injured in a trucking accident, contact one of our proficient personal injury attorneys to get started with your claim.

Semi-Truck Accidents on Highways in Illinois

In the United States, there are over 9 million registered large trucks that travel a combined 226 billion miles each year.  Many of these truck drivers are hurrying in order to meet their delivery deadlines and they are working incredibly long hours in order to get their loads to the appropriate destination.  Since there is a lot of pressure on these drivers to meet these deadlines, many drivers will continue to drive even if they are incredibly fatigued or sick, and this puts them at an increased risk of being involved in a very serious accident.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • In 2010, there were 3,413 fatalities from accidents that involved a large truck
  • 85% of the fatalities that involved a large truck were occupants of the other vehicles or were pedestrians
    • Only 14% were the drivers or passengers of the large truck

When another vehicle or a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a large truck, they are incredibly likely to suffer serious injury or death.  The massive size of the trucks cause them to become a deadly weapon in the event of an accident.

In March of 2006, the U.S. DOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration combined their efforts in order to figure out what the main causes were for accidents involving large trucks.  From taking a sample nationwide of almost 1,000 fatal truck crashes that occurred between 2001 and 2003, they investigated what the causes and specifics were for each of the crashes.  For many of the accidents, the truck driver was at fault, and the truck driver was driving under conditions that put themselves and others at risk.

Some of the top factors that contributed to the truck accidents were:

  • 17% recognized over-the-counter drug users a factor
  • 26% of drivers were using prescription drugs
  • Over 22% of drivers were traveling too fast for conditions
  • Over 22% were either fatigued or were under work-related pressure

This investigation showed that truck drivers were driving even if they were too tired or sick in order to meet their deadlines.  Some of the truck drivers were taking medications that affected their driving ability.  When their large trucks are involved in an accident, there were incredibly serious injuries and fatalities.  The victims of these types of accidents need to seek legal representation and get the compensation they deserve.

Contact Chicago’s Trucking Accidents Lawyer

For more information on your trucking accident case, contact Kanuru Law Group today. Our top trucking accident lawyers are ready to speak with you, so please give us a call for a free consultation. We understand how to approach these accident cases and are ready to protect your rights and recover compensation for you.