Recently, our Illinois trucking accident blog reported an initiative that was being undertaken by the Lombard community in an effort to crack down on commercial vehicle law enforcement. In a follow-up article, posted on DailyHerald.com, an Illinois truck accident attorney at our firm learned that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be issuing additional funds to communities around the state of Illinois in order to compensate police officer overtime for commercial vehicle safety enforcement. The Illinois Department of Transportation has provided $135,815 to 10 suburban law enforcement agencies, including Addison, Algonquin, Bartlett, McHenry and Palatine police departments, in an effort to reduce commercial vehicle accidents and their subsequent injuries and fatalities.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyer read that the community of Palatine received over $18,600 so that the police agency can pay officers overtime and even hire back police officers to focus on speed, occupant restraint, as well as, vehicle safety violations involving large commercial vehicles. An additional aspect of the grant will allow officers to conduct speed surveys before and after the grant to gauge the increased enforcement’s effectiveness, in addition to, developing an educational campaign to bring commercial vehicle awareness to Illinois residents. The Illinois officers participating in this initiative will also be specially trained and certified in federal and state laws pertaining to commercial vehicle enforcement.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that these types of enforcement campaigns have received widespread success around the country and have helped decrease the devastating number of traffic fatalities. Our Chicago trucking accident attorney read that in other areas of the state, additional funding has aided in the decrease of accident fatalities to 911 in 2009 – down from 1,043 deaths in 2008. The most recent up-to-date traffic fatality statistics shows that traffic deaths decreased to roughly around 800 in 2010.
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that when additional funds are allocated to the state in order to strengthen the enforcement of large commercial vehicles, the results are uncompromisingly positive. As accident attorneys, we see the continued harmful effects of large commercial vehicle accidents – including those involving semi trucks and buses. With developments such as this one, the risk of severe injury and fatality from traffic accidents substantially decreases and the roadways become a safer place to travel.
However, in the unfortunate circumstance you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our experienced Chicago accident lawyers as soon as possible to help handle your claim and obtain compensation for damages incurred as the result of another’s careless or negligent conduct.