If you have been following our blog, you are familiar with the hazards big rigs present to others riding in passenger vehicles throughout the Chicagoland area. Earlier in December, we discussed federal regulations that require the submission of daily vehicle reports. When trucks are inspected upon the completion of a shift, the proper maintenance and motorist safety are promoted. While mandating regular reviews of semi-trucks will not completely erase the chance for a truck collision with an automobile, it will limit the opportunity for defective trucks to hit the road.
It is well known that semi-trucks can cause serious, even fatal, accidents. In an attempt to curtail these devastating wrecks, the federal government has implemented strict federal regulations, which truckers and the truck companies for which they work must adhere to. The failure to abide by these regulations can place a significant number of motorists in harm's way, but the sad truth is that far too many truckers and truck companies try to cut corners to save time and money.
Over recent years, developments in technology have brought self-driving vehicles out of the world of science fiction and onto the highways. Large companies like Google, Volvo, and BMW have already announced that they plan to have autonomous vehicles on the market within the next decade. Companies like the ridesharing service Uber are already working to implement the technology in their vehicles, including their self-driving trucks that are on the road, doing important work.
Semi-truck drivers have federal and state regulations and laws to follow and it takes knowledgeable attorneys to help you sort through the red-tape involved in these cases. Additionally, often the driver of a semi-truck works for some other party, so the liability may settle on different defendants.
There are many motorcyclists in the Chicago area. Although the weather is starting to turn colder and the number of bike riding days remaining in the year is quickly dwindling, there is still some time to enjoy the sense of freedom motorcycling can provide. Despite the fun riding a motorcycle can give, it can also be extremely dangerous even when done in the safest way possible. This is because negligent motorists abound, and it only takes a split second for them to make a mistake and cause a tragedy.
If you get anxious when driving near semi-trucks, then you are in good company. Many Illinois motorists find themselves speeding up to pass big rigs and slowing down to avoid being boxed in by them. These defensive driving techniques have their advantages, but even the safest driver may be unable to protect himself from a negligent trucker. One of the most common ways that truckers are negligent is overworking themselves and thus driving while fatigued.
Although semi trucks play an important role in our society, they also pose significant risks. To keep truck drivers and other motorists safe, truckers and truck companies need to be active in training and maintenance. For example, last week we discussed tire maintenance and how improper tire maintenance can leave a big rig unstable. Those who are injured by a negligently maintained or driven truck can face a devastating aftermath. Medical expenses can be insurmountable, lost wages can destroy an individual's financial well-being, and one's physical and emotional pain and suffering can leave one depressed and overwhelmed.
As this blog has discussed on numerous occasions, semi trucks can pose a serious risk to other motorists, particularly when they are driven or maintained negligently. Those who are injured in a truck accident may be able to recover compensation, but in order to do so, they must prove the trucker and/or the truck company was negligent, and that this negligence caused the accident and the victim's injuries. One way to prove negligence is to show that federal trucking regulations have been violated.
Semi truck crashes happen far too often in the Chicago area. Victims of these accidents can be seriously injured, and many die as a result of injuries suffered. Those who are fortunate enough to survive, and the family members of those who are killed, often have a difficult physical, emotional, and financial road ahead of them.
It's summer time and with the sunny warm weather comes more outdoor activities. Kids home from school will ride their bikes and play basketball, while others may go on picnics or walks. One thing that probably isn't on these individuals' minds, though, is truck accidents. Yet, for one Chicago-area family, the devastating dangers posed by these massive vehicles recently became all too real.