The Journal Online reported last week on even more developments about the driver killed in the traumatic suburban train-truck crash. We have already explained the lengthy list of driving citations that the man had compiled over the past twenty years. However, it has now been revealed that the man was stopped by police mere days before his negligence led to the deadly Illinois truck crash.
The paper reports that the man was issued two tickets one week before his death for not having a valid safety test conducted on his truck and trailer. Following those citations, he was allowed to continue driving while paying a fine.
Trucks like the one the man was driving in this case are often required to undergo safety inspections. A sticker must be prominently displayed in the truck’s window to indicate that the check has been performed properly and timely. Police are well-trained in identifying the stickers even before stopping a vehicle. In this way they can monitor the safety of these machines in a more rigorous manner.
Those tickets were just the latest in a string of citations that the man has received over the last several years. He had previously been stopped for traveling the wrong way down a one-way street, following too closely to another vehicle, and a string of other problems.
The experience our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have acquired over the years makes clear that certain drivers maintain carelessness for applicable road laws. The careless of those drivers attitude ultimately leads them to take unnecessary risks on the road that place themselves and all other travelers in dangers. It is often only a matter of time before one of those risky maneuvers results in an accident. With life and death often hanging in the balance, all of those drivers must be taken off the road by those in a position to do so.
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