Recently, our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys read a report on TruckingInfo.com that designated a frequented Chicago highway intersection as the most congested in the United States. According to a new annual report conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration, the intersection of I-290 at I-90/I-94 in Chicago is the most congested freight-significant highway interchange in the country. The study found that the average speed through the local intersection during peak congestion is 22.34 mph while at non-peak periods the average speed was 31.89 mph.
The research conducted by the ATRI is done to determine the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 highway locations around the world. Encompassing a variety of tools and software, the ATRI is able to obtain data from trucking operations to determine the congestion ranking for each location. This continuous research is a part of an initiative titled “Freight Performance Measures” conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute. According to the report, the FPM initiative examines techniques to assess the levels at which truck-based freight was affected by traffic congestion in 2010.
Trucking carriers have commended the efforts of the ATRI to help pinpoint the areas of traffic congestion that affect their drivers and shipments everyday. The CEO of a large trucking carrier was quoted in the article stating that, “strengthening the efficiency of supply chains is becoming a critical component of U.S. economic growth … fortunately, the ATRI’s report goes far in using real-world data to tell us where the impediments lie.” Overall, this type of information is highly useful to private and public sector freight stakeholders that wish to better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints experienced along the highway transportation system.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers continue to encourage the development of new technology to help better maintain and navigate our roadways. With that in mind, even with great advances in technology — our Illinois roadways will continue to remain congested and hazardous. It is always important to adhere to all traffic safety laws and avoid distractions during vehicle operation in order to prevent potentially life-threatening motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, please contact a Chicago semi truck accident lawyer. Our attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.