Battle Creek News Talk Radio recently reported a collision involving two semi trucks. It was determined that the accident was caused by one semi truck rear ending the other. The Illinois semi truck driver that caused the accident told police that he was on his cell phone at the time of the crash and was not paying attention. The Illinois driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and received a ticket for the cell phone infraction.
In recent years, the United States Department of Transportation proposed a federal ban on cell phone use by drivers of commercial vehicles. As part of a movement to end distracted driving, the proposed regulation would prohibit any commercial vehicles from cell phone use during vehicle operation. The proposal also prohibits semi truck drivers from reaching for, holding, or dialing a cell phone while driving. Drivers who are in violation of these rules are subject to strict penalties, such as: a $2,750 fine, disqualification of their commercial driver’s license, as well as, license suspension if more than two violations occur. Additionally, trucking companies who permit driver cell phone use may be subjected to an $11,000 fine.
Distracted driving in the recent years has become an ever increasing problem. While reports show that cell phone use by any driver could prove hazardous, it is especially true for drivers of semi trucks. Due to a semi trucks sheer size and weight, any driver distraction could have devastating consequences. Even with the widespread use of truck drivers using hands-free headsets to talk on their cellular telephones, it takes significantly longer to detect problems and correctly react to them while driving – according to TruckingInfo.net.
Driving distracted, especially due to cell phone use, can be considered negligence if the driver causes an accident. Drivers have a duty when operating their vehicles to exercise the utmost reasonable care to avoid an accident of any kind. Failure to exercise that degree of care many times results in devastating injuries, even death.
If a fatality results from a negligent semi truck accident, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the truck driver, as well as, the trucking company for damages. Damages in a wrongful death may include: medical, funeral, and burial expenses, in addition to, punitive damages that punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
Our Chicago injury attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of victims of negligence and continue to fight for the rights of those who have been harmed as the result of another’s carelessness. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a semi truck accident, please contact an experienced Illinois semi truck accident attorney to see what legal remedies may be available to you.