Our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys recently read a report on WQAD.com detailing an area semi truck accident that ensued on Interstate 74 and Route 81. The accident transpired when a semi truck driver, transporting a cargo of cattle, fell asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle. The driver lost control of his vehicle causing the subsequent overturn of his tractor-trailer – expelling over 30 cattle onto the roadway. The overturned semi truck and loose cattle caused an additional two collisions with oncoming passenger vehicles. Fortunately, the drivers involved in this accident sustained minor injuries and the cattle remained unharmed. The accident currently remains under investigation and the driver of the commercial vehicle has received two citations for his role in the Illinois semi truck accident.
Our posts frequently discuss the devastating harm that results from the improper operation of large commercial vehicles. Driver fatigue has consistently proved to be one of the most common, as well as, one of the most dangerous driving errors committed by drivers of large tractor-trailers. According to the Large Truck Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were considered to be fatigued at the time of their crashes. Fatigue is a common result of physical or mental exertion that can significantly impair a driver’s performance. A number of factors can lend to driver fatigue including: lack of quality sleep, increased work hours, as well as, demanding driving hours.
To prevent the hundreds of accidents that occur each year due to driver fatigue, the FMSCA recommends that commercial vehicle drivers always:
– Get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel – Maintain a healthy diet – Take nap or rest when needed – Avoid medication that induces drowsiness – Recognize signals and dangers of drowsy driving
When any type of driver error plays a role in a semi truck collision, the harm sustained by accident victims is often life changing. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers recently obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of an Illinois family who sustained severe harm in a commercial vehicle accident caused by a negligent semi truck driver. The driver of the semi truck was found to be operating an overloaded trailer, as well as, under the influence of marijuana when he collided into a passenger vehicle killing a 32-year-old woman and severely injuring her husband and son.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, please contact an Illinois personal injury attorney for a free consultation to see what legal rights may be available to you.