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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.

Man hurt in Chicago garbage truck accident

At least one person suffered injuries in a recent collision between two garbage trucks in the Little Village neighborhood, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on October 26.

Information coming from the Chicago Fire Department revealed that around 11:30 a.m. two garbage trucks collided near Drake Avenue and 31st Street. One of the two truck drivers was transported to a hospital due to injuries. A utility post was damaged by the collision, which resulted in 1,600 households experiencing power loss, including the building of Cook County criminal courts. Authorities are investigating the incident to discover the cause.

Collisions involving trucks are often catastrophic in nature, especially because they leave families struggling with a great financial loss. However, if this happens to you in Danville, a personal injury lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C., can help you receive compensations if negligent parties are involved. Speak with us today by calling (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.

Family of fatal bicycle accident victim in Chicago files lawsuit

The family of the “Divvy” biker killed in a truck accident last month filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the truck driver and its employer, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on August 1.

According to the family, A&B Flooring Supplies Inc. and its employee Cosmin Radu are liable for the July 1 accident that killed Divvy rider Virginia Murray, 25. Radu, who was driving a flatbed truck at the time, was accused of negligence for striking Murray in the north lane of Sacramento Avenue. Reports revealed that there were no dedicated bike lanes in the area where the accident happened. The legal counsel representing the Murray family said that they are not planning to file a lawsuit against the bike-sharing company.

The Spiros Law, P.C., attorneys understand that many bicyclists die in car and truck accidents. If your loved one was the victim of a motorist’s negligence, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against responsible parties. Find out how we could help you recover your loss today by calling (217) 443-4343.

1 killed in Hancock County fatal crash

One person was killed after his vehicle was involved in an accident in Hancock County.

In the report provided by the Illinois State Police District 14, the fatal accident happened at around 6 a.m. on Friday, November 1 when the vehicle driven by an unidentified man was struck by another vehicle driven by 77-year-old Charles DeJaynes. DeJaynes, who was reportedly driving a semi-trailer truck, was heading east of Illinois 9 when it crashed into the driver’s side of the other vehicle after trying to avoid a deer that ran onto the roadway. The semi-trailer drifted into the middle lane after DeJaynes stepped on the brake pedal. The collision instantly killed the unidentified man while Charles, who was charged with improper lane usage, was hospitalized after sustaining minor injuries from the crash.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., send their sincere condolences to the family and friends who have been affected by this loss.

UPS truck crashed, 3 injured

A UPS truck crashed with two other vehicles, spilling its packages onto the Reagan Tollway and causing road blockage on October 15.

According to llinois State Police Master Sgt. Sergio Ortiz, the crash occurred on westbound Interstate 88, east of Illinois Route 83 at around 7:15 a.m. The truck fell on its side and the doors of one of its trailers sprung open, spilling its contents on the lanes of the tollway.

Three people were injured in the crash and were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

The road was cleared at around 10 a.m.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our legal team at Spiros Law, P.C, in Danville to discuss your case by calling 217-443-4343.