KAIT8.com recently released a report detailing just what semi truck drivers have to say in regards to the biggest problem they face each and every day throughout their daily. A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm learned that one of the most prominent issues truck drivers see on the roads on a daily basis is distracted drivers – especially drivers who text while driving. Additionally, semi truck drivers note that dangerous situations are often created when drivers fail to use their turn signals, drive too fast or too slow, don’t yield on highway ramps, in addition to, drivers who stay in the left lane.
Through a statement released by a semi truck driver who was interviewed for the article, it was revealed that truck drivers try to back off, however, truck drivers admit that motor vehicles have a bad tendency – especially on two lane highways – to pass a semi truck and them slow down. This action puts the motor vehicle in severe danger of being rear-ended by a large commercial vehicle. Additionally, it was revealed by the trucker that when semi trucks travel at 65 miles an hour – it takes roughly the lengths of three football fields in order to stop the truck.
In order to avoid a potentially dangerous situation with a large commercial vehicle, our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti highly encourage drivers to safely share the road with semi tractor-trailers. A good rule of thumb is that when you’re driving near a semi truck – if you are unable to see the truck’s mirrors – there is a good chance that the driver cannot see you. Additionally it is important to give semi trucks enough room to travel – particularly on windy days when semi trucks have the potential to blow over or travel into another lane due to weather conditions.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of negligent semi truck driver, please contact our accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti. Since 1992, our experienced lawyers have provided qualified legal representation to those whose lives have been turned upside down as a result of another’s careless or negligent conduct. Recently, our attorneys obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a Huntley, Illinois family who sustained life-altering injuries in a semi tractor-trailer accident. Through our investigation, it was ultimately determined that the semi truck driver was operating under the influence of marijuana, as well as, an overloaded semi tractor-trailer.