Federal regulators have determined that a truck driver is not medically fit to drive commercially after he lost consciousness behind the wheel and his tractor-trailer struck and killed an Illinois state trooper. According to Therepublic.com, authorities say the 32-year old trooper was working at a traffic stop on Interstate 55 near Litchfield when he was struck and killed by the oncoming truck. After agency investigators later found serious concerns about the driver’s medical conditions and qualifications under his commercial driver’s license, he was placed out of service last Friday and is disqualified from further trucking. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determined that the driver “failed to exercise an appropriate duty of care to the motoring public.”
The report also states that the driver’s prescribed medications were found in his truck after the accident, investigators later determining he failed to disclose his medical situation to a medical examiner. Authorities stated the driver was in a “present state of unacceptable safety compliance.” The department did not detail the driver’s conditions, and the driver had no comment about the accident. Charges may be filed in the near future.
“This case sends a clear message that we will use every tool at our disposal to identify and remove from our roads unsafe operators,” said the FMCSA‘s chief. “Our agency is committed to raising the bar for commercial vehicle and driver safety.”
Accident reports similar to this emphasize the necessity of qualified commercial vehicle drivers on all roadways and interstates. All truck drivers are required to own a proper license, properly maintain their vehicle, and ensure they can operate their vehicle responsibly; failing to report medical conditions is a serious matter in that it not only jeopardizes driver safety behind the wheel, but can potentially injure or kill other individuals on the road.
Our attorneys want to encourage all motorists to drive attentively and responsibly on Illinois roadways. Though transportation agencies frequently attempt to remove irresponsible drivers from the road, many of these drivers unfortunately continue to exist. When an accident does occur due to a careless driver, victims have the right to seek compensation for any injuries they sustained as a result.
If you have or a loved one has experienced personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage due to a negligent motorist, contact our Illinois truck accident law firm at Levin & Perconti. We have the proper experience needed to assist you in determining if legal recourse may be available to you, informing you of your rights, and ultimately offering you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us for more information.