Our Chicago truck accident lawyers read recently on JusticeNewsFlash.com about a fatal semi-truck accident that occurred in California. A semi truck that was carrying a four car load collided into shuttle bus carrying university employees. Upon impact, a passenger was thrown from the shuttle bus. In an unfortunate turn of events, the passenger that was ejected from the shuttle bus was pinned under the semi-truck – regrettably, he was pronounced dead at the scene. While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, three other shuttle bus passengers sustained minor injuries.
With the shocking increase in fatalities as a result of semi-trucks, a closer look needs to be taken at the rules and regulations of semi-truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver regulations are specifically laid out in Rule 380. According to these regulations, any driver that wishes to operate a longer combination vehicle (LCV) must successfully complete a LCV driver training program, must provide documented proof of program completion, in addition to maintaining proper health by avoiding excessive alcohol use.
Our Chicago injury attorneys have dealt extensively with victims of accidents that have been caused by the negligence of semi-drivers. Just last year, our attorneys obtained a record $6.5 million dollar settlement for the accident victims of a semi-truck collision. Due to a negligent truck driver, who was later found to be under the influence of marijuana as well as operating an overloaded trailer, an Illinois family suffered a devastating loss in an accident that killed a woman and severely injured her husband and son. Our lawyers can help victim’s family members, as well as, those injured themselves seek justice against the negligence of wrongdoers.
Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti send our sincere condolences to the victims and family members of those affected by such a devastating truck accident. Even though the cause of this accident remains unknown, truck drivers have an increased responsibility of safety to the public that needs to be adhered to when operating such large combination vehicles. Trucking companies should make it their top priority to review all of their drivers on a consistent basis to make sure all rules and regulations are being followed in order to prevent another accident like this one from reoccurring.
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