Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys recently read an interesting article posted on AHWatukee.com detailing a unique enforcement strategy taken by a state law enforcement agency that not only provides training for commercial vehicle enforcement but additionally aimed at improving the safety along interstate highways. The operation, which took place between 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., assigned twenty new officers to veteran officers with the hopes to provide advanced training in the field of specialized commercial vehicle enforcement. In total, policing authorities stopped and inspected 33 vehicles and placed 11 of the vehicles out of service for severe violations – or a series of severe violations. According to the news article, a majority of the violations were ones that had a direct negative impact on the overall safety of the commercial vehicle and/or the ability for the truck driver to safely operate the vehicle. The effort to improve the overall safety of the motoring public resulted in over 100 documented violations.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that when local law enforcement agencies implement safety measures that stop unsafe commercial vehicles during travel, it significantly reduces the number of accidents that may have ensued as a result of the unsafe vehicle. Often times, these types of commercial vehicle violations include:
• Commercial Vehicle Log Book Violations • Truck Speeding • Lane Violations • Violations of roadway weight specifications • Violations of downhill speed zones and grade restrictions
The most recent up-to-date accident statistics for trucking accidents provide a harrowing insight into how debilitating and destructive these types of accidents can be. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010 over 500,000 large trucks and commercial vehicles were involved in accidents across the nation. Of those accidents, 100,000 individuals sustained serious injury and 5000 fatalities resulted. Compared to trucking accident statistics from 2009, the rate of fatalities has substantially increased … with only 3200 fatalities resulting from commercial vehicle accidents.
Commercial vehicle drivers are held to an advanced standard of care when operating their vehicles. This means that they are required by law to exercise the utmost safety when traveling along our nation’s roadways in order to avoid any and all types of accidents that may result in property damage, personal injury, and even fatality. In the event that a commercial vehicle driver deviates from their standard of care and an accident ensures, victims of these destructive accidents may be able to seek legal relief for damages incurred. If you have been involved in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our Illinois truck accident lawyers to see what legal rights may be available to you.