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New FMCSA Study to Determine Semi Truck Driver Risk Factors

Earlier today, our Illinois semi truck accident lawyers read a report posted on TruckingInfo.com detailing a newly proposed study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Through this study, the FMCSA aims to investigate the various characteristics of individual commercial vehicle drivers that may be a potential factor in semi truck accidents. On October 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published an Information Collection Request to the Federal Register for a study to identify, verify, quantify, as well as, prioritize commercial driver risk factors.

The three part survey, titled “Commercial Driver Individual Differences Study,” will help determine risk factors by connection similar characteristics exhibited by individual drivers, their driving records, and Department of Transportation reportable crashes. The study will also look at various personal factors including: demographic characteristics, medical conditions, personality traits, performance capabilities, in addition to, work environmental factors. In a statement made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the information gathered in this study will be used to develop future safety initiatives for large commercial vehicles.

Our truck accident attorneys in Chicago applaud the efforts made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help determine the various underlying causes of semi truck accidents. Any initiative established to help make our roadways a safer place to travel will help prevent the thousands of injuries and fatalities that occur each year from collisions with large commercial vehicles. In a previously conducted study by the FMCSA, it was reported that there was over 286,000 accidents in 2009 involving large commercial vehicles in the United States. Of those accidents, over 2,900 resulted in at least one fatality while 51,000 resulted in at least one non-fatal injury.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys have provided experienced legal representation to those who have sustained harm 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. Through an extensive investigation, it was found that the truck driver was operating under the influence of marijuana, as well as, operating an overloaded trailer. The devastating accident caused the death of a 32-year-old woman and substantial injury to her husband and son and resulted in a record Kane County $4.7 million wrongful death settlement.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact an Illinois truck accident lawyer. Our knowledgeable attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.