It is far too often that our lawyers hear in the news about truck accidents on our Illinois highways, roads, and interstates. As a result of driver negligence, there are frequent collisions resulting in rollover accidents, crossing into opposing lanes of traffic, going off the roadways from winter weather, and too many resulting personal injuries. But for driver negligence, many personal injuries and wrongful deaths could be avoided. Through simply using caution, upholding standards of safety, and abiding by traffic laws, many lives would be saved
According to an article by the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago west suburban man, hailing from Cicero, and another driver were injured in a crash between a semi-truck and a Illinois Department of Transportation truck. The accident occurred in Kankankee County on Interstate 57. The semi-truck was southbound on the interstate when it crossed the median and crashed into the IDOT truck that was in the northbound lane. Illinois State Police reported this was near milepost 304. As a result of the collision, the IDOT driver had to be extricated from his truck and hospitalized. The Cicero man, who was driving the southbound semi, was also injured and taken to a hospital. Authorities cited him for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discussed a study in an article last month in February describing the “critical reasons for crashes.” Crashes were investigated at crash scenes to collect driver, vehicle, and environment-related information. In the study, the agency captured information about crashes largely attributed to four elements: movement prior to the crash event (ex: the movement of the vehicle before the crash), the pre-crash event (circumstances that led to the impact), the reason for the pre-crash event (ex: the last failure in the causal chain of events leading up to the crash), and the crash-associated factors (factors likely to add to the probability of a crash occurrence). In 94% of crashes, the critical reason was assigned to the driver, while in 2% the reason was attributed to the vehicle, and in another 2% to the environment. The remaining 2% were unknown reasons, but as you can see from these percentages, the overwhelming amount of crashes are attributed to factors associated with driver behavior. The total number of crashes studied was 2,189,000, where 2,046,000 were contributed to the driver being the critical reason behind the crash.
While the NHTSA did say that the study was not to place direct blame on drivers, they did classify driver related critical reasons as errors in recognition, decisions, performance, and non-performance. This relays that better decisions by drivers, such as driver slower for particular conditions, ergo using better judgment, could reduce the number of crashes attributed to driver behavior. Our attorneys too, encourage all drivers to use their best judgment when on the roads. With cautious behavior and sound judgment, we can decrease the amount of negligence on the roadways, and the amount of accidents and injuries too.