Recently, our Illinois truck accident attorneys read a report on MyNorthwest.com which detailed a destructive semi truck accident. The semi truck was traveling onto a highway ramp when the driver collided with several lights poles and ultimately crashed into a guard rail. The collision caused debris to fall onto the traffic lanes below — subsequently causing three additional accidents. Local authorities say six vehicles were damaged in the accidents caused by the debris and fortunately those vehicle’s occupants only reported minor injuries. The semi truck driver was arrested for suspicious of driving under the influence.
Intoxication of a semi truck driver is a severe violation of the federal regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In fact, the FMCSA defines strict policies for controlled substance and alcohol use and testing. The purpose of these regulations is to avoid accidents and injuries that are a direct result of an impaired driver of a commercial motor vehicle. Even though in many states forbid vehicle operation with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08, the FMCSA regulations prohibit semi truck drivers from operating if their alcohol concentration is 0.04 or greater. It is also required that trucking employers are prohibited from allowing the operation of a semi truck by an employee who is knowingly above the 0.04 limit. In addition, if any employee or employee is found in violation of these alcohol related regulations, they may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties.
Every year, our Chicago injury attorneys provide legal representation to those who have been negatively affected as the result of a semi truck accident. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of an Illinois family who sustained severe damages as the result of a negligent semi truck driver. It was found that the semi driver was operating under the influence of marijuana, in addition to, operating an overloaded truck. This semi truck accident additionally caused the death of a wife/mother and resulted in a Kane County record $4.7 million wrongful death settlement. In addition to the driver’s negligence, the lawsuit also alleged that the trucking company was negligent because they did not properly drug screen their drivers, a violation of FMCSA regulations.
The Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to fight for the legal rights of those who have been harmed by the negligent acts of drivers. Semi truck drivers are required to operate their vehicles safely to ensure the safety of vehicles around them. Often the failure to maintain safety of a semi truck results in devastating consequences. If you or someone you knows life has been seriously altered as the result of a negligent driver you may be able to obtain compensation for the damages incurred, in addition to, punishing the wrongdoer for their careless acts.