While trucks are a common sight on our Illinois roadways, they can pose a serious threat to our safety. Trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as typical passenger cars. A fully loaded semi-trailer can tip the scales at as much as 80,000 lbs. or 40 tons. Trucks are also longer (approx.70 -80 ft.) and taller (approx. 13’ 6”) than standard passenger vehicles. Therefore, trucks take 20-40 percent more braking distance to reach a complete stop as compared to a standard car. When a truck is involved in an accident, its size and weight become a powerful and destructive force often causing serious injury or death to those in its path. Being involved in a collision with a truck is a tragic and life altering event that can result in profound physical, emotional, and financial losses. The trucking lawyers at TPMB are committed to maximizing the financial recoveries of their clients to compensate for these losses.
Truck collisions are often needless and preventable. TPMB’s team of lawyers is committed to aggressively investigating and determining the causes of truck collisions on behalf of our clients and their families. Common causes of trucking collisions, include:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Defective Truck Equipment
- Disregarding traffic control devices
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to maintain proper separation distance
- Illegal maneuvers
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Improper maintenance
- Inattentive driving
- Inexperienced and inadequately trained drivers
- Misjudging of road or traffic conditions
- Overcompensation or poor directional control
- Speeding/Driving too fast for conditions
- Unsafe lane changing
The legal team at TPMB is experienced and well versed in the complexities of trucking accident cases. Obtaining evidence plays a crucial role in investigating any trucking case. There are many different types of evidence that can assist our TPMB legal team in identifying the cause of a truck accident. The trucks themselves are equipped with electronic data recorders, also known as a “Black Box.” The data from the Black Box may be able to be downloaded and analyzed by an expert to determine information about the operation of the truck at the time of and immediately prior to the collision. Drivers are required to keep logbooks regarding their driving activities. This is because truck drivers are under constant pressure to meet time deadlines; a driver's lack of adequate rest may lead to sleep deprivation. A drowsy trucker that doesn't take mandated scheduled breaks can cause a collision. Each case is different. Depending on the facts, other crucial evidence may also exist with trucking companies, brokers, shippers, warehouse operators and others connected to the truck, its trailer, or load being transported.
There are also a multitude of state and federal regulations that address the trucking industry, including from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations have safety requirements that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. The lawyers at TPMB are knowledgeable in these regulations and utilize them to assess and prosecute any violation.
Many different types of trucks use our highways. Examples of these trucks include: agricultural trucks, box trucks, bucket trucks, car carriers, cement trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tank trucks, tow trucks, semi-trailer trucks. They travel on our city streets, rural roads, and highways throughout the state, including on I-55, I-88, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-355, I-390.
No matter where a truck collision occurs in Illinois, the legal team at TPMB is here to help you and is ready to mobilize.contact us today