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Causes of Truck Accidents

Our roadways are filled with large semi-trucks. These large vehicles propose great dangers to smaller vehicles on the roads and are the cause of many accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 433,000 large trucks were reported to be involved in accidents in 2015. We must use caution to keep ourselves, our passengers, and other drivers safe. Unfortunately, no matter how much caution we use, other factors can cause an accident to occur such as; weather and road conditions, negligent behavior from the truck driver, mechanical errors, or careless truck companies. The following is a list of the common types of truck accidents that occur on our roads today.

  • Severe Weather
    • Extreme weather conditions make it extremely hard for truck drivers to drive safely. The driver can easily lose control in these conditions leading to multi-car pileups.
  • Poor Road Conditions or Construction
    • Roads that are covered in potholes present a lot of issues for truck drivers. Also, drivers attempting to maneuver around construction zones make driving even more hazardous.
  • Overloaded Cargo
    • Cargo can cause a lot of danger in many different ways. A large load of cargo can cause tire blowouts, jackknife accidents, or rollovers due to too much weight on the vehicle. If the cargo is not loaded properly, it can produce flying debris, causing even more dangers.
  • Mechanical Malfunction/Poor Maintenence
    • It is important that trucking companies maintain large trucks. If a truck driver is driving on worn tires or with faulty breaks, this can amplify their chance of getting into an accident.
  • Driver Fatigue
    • Many truck drivers are driving for long hours, leading to sleep deprivation and driver fatigue. If a driver is falling asleep behind the wheel, they are imposing a huge danger onto other drivers.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving
    • When a truck driver is speeding or failing to follow traffic laws, they are putting other drivers at a huge risk. If you see a truck that is driving recklessly, keep your distance and call the company’s number usually located on the back of the truck.
  • Inadequate Training
    • Driving a semi is a huge responsibility. If a truck driver has not had the proper training, they will not have the skills to drive defensively, imposing a hazard to other drivers.
  • Blind Spot
    • You should never follow a semi-truck closely, as they require more room to maneuver and have large blind spots. Driving in a truck’s blind spot causes many accidents, and you should always make sure that you can see the mirrors of the truck to avoid an accident.

As you can see, semi-truck accidents occur due to a variety of reasons, and avoiding an accident is not always possible. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney to provide you with appropriate legal guidance. The trucking accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent victims and will get you the compensation that you deserve. Our team handles a variety of trucking accident cases, such as:

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact the Danville attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule an initial consultation.


Four vehicle collision in Iroquois County leaves 1 dead and at least 2 injured

A four-vehicle crash on Tuesday morning on Illinois 1 in Iroquois County resulted in the death of an Indiana man. At least two others were transported to a local hospital for treatment. According to authorities, the 75-year-old victim was stopped at a red light at an intersection on County Road 500 when a semi-trailer failed to stop and struck his vehicle from behind, pushing him into the intersection. His vehicle was struck by both a car and a minivan that were headed southbound in the intersection. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the semi-trailer was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Read the full news report on The News-Gazette, and check back here for updates on this tragic story.


Woman killed in semi-truck accident on Route 50

A woman from Manteno was killed after a semi-truck accident occurred on Illinois Route 50.

According to officials, the accident occurred when the 86-year-old woman’s vehicle and a semi-truck collided near the 10800 block of Illinois Route 50.

The woman was taken to a local hospital and later transported to Loyola University Medical Center in order to be treated. She was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident. A portion of the highway was closed for hours while crews investigated and cleared the scene.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.