Last week’s fatal crash on I-88 in Aurora Illinois had everyone in shock, and the troubling collision still has citizens, media, and lawmakers trying to grasp what could have been done differently. Our attorneys deeply empathize with the families of the victims involved and advocate for the law to compensate those who have suffered and for the law to deter and prevent future truck accidents. This includes a change in the law if it means protecting citizens and preventing future accidents.
The collision, which claimed the life of a Illinois Tollway worker and critically injured an Illinois police officer, has Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calling for a closer oversight of truckers. The emergency responders were assisting a motorist when they were struck by an oncoming semi-truck. According to an article from rrstar.com, Senator Durbin has urged regulators to not stop investigations and to delve deeper into the cause of the I-88 crash.
According to the same article, the semi-truck driver who struck the two victims was behind the wheel of his truck for more than 35 hours and had only rested for four hours prior to the accident. Upon analyzing this case, the driver’s lack of sleep and driving time violates the federal rules for truck drivers. This is why Senator Durbin has sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for their help in investigating this crash and has requested that the agency be stricter in upholding rules on maximum work hours.
Our attorneys have represented injured victims in truck accident lawsuits for over 20 years, and closely monitor changes in the law to provide the best representation to our clients. Our lawyers support any new legislation that makes our roads safer and reduces the number of accidents caused by sleep deprived motorists and truck drivers. We remind our readers that anyone who gets behind the wheel has a duty to keep others on the road safe from injuries or death. Where a driver fails to drive safely or use caution, such as when driving without enough sleep, they are negligently putting others at danger, and whereupon others become injured due to a driver’s negligence, the driver can be held liable for injuries, financial losses, or even the death of another individual. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck driver’s negligence, you may have a legal cause of action. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to assist you in deciding if you have a claim and if a lawsuit is the best course of action for you.