March 17, 2012

Illinois Grant Aims to Improve Trucking Enforcement

by Levin & Perconti

Recently, a Chicago truck accident attorney at our office read a news report detailing a state transportation grant that has been afforded to the community of Lombard, Illinois. According to the article, posted on DailyHerald.com, local Lombard authorities are permitted to start using $13,000 in state grant money towards the additional law enforcement of speed, as well as, moving violations committed by large commercial vehicles. The grant was issued by Illinois Department of Transportation and will compensation law enforcement for their overtime in an effort to crack down on truckers during the daytime hours between April 1 and June 30.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyer learned that Lombard was issued the $13,000 grant after recent application for the grant. In the application, the community cited recent Illinois trucking accident statistics from the area encompassing I-355 and I-88, as well as, several state highways that intersect the town. From 2007-2011, Lombard revealed that 212 accidents involved large commercial vehicles. Given the approximately 30-40 truck accidents that occur each year, local authorities hope that the extra enforcement will overall reduce the number of life-threatening accidents.

Each Chicago accident attorney at Levin & Perconti is pleased to learn that Lombard has implemented a policy to help reduce the ever-increasing rate of semi truck accidents. According to the most recent accident statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, in the past 5 years, large commercial vehicles have been involved in 8.6%-10.6% of fatal accidents. In 2005, Illinois saw the deadliest year for tractor-trailer accidents, with large commercial vehicles causing 208 – out of 1,999 – fatal accidents. In 2008 alone, there were 144 fatal trucking accidents.

Every year, our Chicago trucking accident attorneys provide quality legal representation to those whose lives have been negatively affected by all types of motor vehicle accidents – including those involving large commercial vehicles. Recently our accident attorneys obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a Huntley family who sustained severe harm as the result of a negligent semi truck driver. Through our investigation, it was determined that the driver of the semi truck was operating under the influence of marijuana, in addition to, operating an overloaded tractor-trailer at the time of the collision. The accident caused severe person injury to the occupants of the vehicle and result in the fatality of the victim’s wife/mother.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.