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A trucking accident occurs whenever a large tractor-trailer (10,000 lbs. or more) collides with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States, and because of the sheer mass of semi-trucks and large tractor-trailers involved, these accidents often result in very serious injuries, and contribute to a significant amount of traffic fatalities annually.

Despite the potential hazards, trucks and other forms of interstate transit continue to be an integral part of our nation’s economy, with trucking revenues alone contributing over $600 billion in revenues to companies last year. Economists estimate that this number will only continue to grow, and while this is good news for our economy, an increased number of semis and large trucks on the road will likely serve as a bane for other motorists. As Illinois car accident lawyers, our legal team knows first-hand how incredibly devastating large truck accidents can be; what follows are a few tips for passenger cars and other motorists to keep themselves safe when driving around tractor-trailers. (Legal Info)

Stay Alert and Practice Defensive Driving-It is always best to use extra caution around large trucks and tractor-trailers. These vehicles are very different to operate compared to other cars and SUVs, and they behave quite differently as well. Be ready for anything, and always be ready for a truck driver to make a lane change or turn.

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Operating any automobile is a big responsibility, but because of their massive sizes and heavy weights, the drivers of semi-trucks, and the companies that employ them, assume a tremendous amount of responsibility when on the road. According to truck accident statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in our country, with roughly 10% of these crashes resulting in one or more fatality. To give you an even better idea of how common these accidents are, the DOT’s data attributes 1/8th of all traffic fatalities to trucking collisions. (Legal Info; United States Department of Transportation)

As of December 2010, the latest period for which data was available, there were more than 15.5 million interstate motor carriers present in the United States including for hire, owner operators, and business fleets (private carriers). Commodity Flow Surveys reported that these trucks hauled some 11 billion tons of freight during the previous year, translating to $610 billion in revenues. These profit margins are estimated to nearly double in the coming years, and as a result, it is safe to say that we will be seeing a far greater number of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roads in the future. That’s a lot of information being thrown at you all at once, but the most important point to take away from this data is that trucking accidents are far more common than you may think, and it is important to know what to do if you ever find yourself the victim.

In the past two decades, our Chicago lawyers have represented clients who have suffered serious personal injuries, property damage, and various other losses due to a trucking accident. Such accidents commonly involve:

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It doesn’t matter how skilled or experienced you are as a driver, when you are on the freeway traveling at 70 miles per hour with a five foot tall cement median on your left, and a 10,000 lbs. semi-truck on your right, it is natural to become a little nervous. Everyone knows the feeling, and it’s completely justified. During any given year, approximately 500,000 large trucks, tractor-trailers, and commercial vehicles are involved in accidents across the United States, causing over 130,000 people to sustain serious injuries. Due primarily to the enormous size and weight of these trailers, a vast majority of the individuals killed and injured in large truck accidents are drivers and passengers in other vehicles, and that means operating one of these rigs is a serious responsibility. (PR Newswire;

Yesterday, bail was set at $150,000 in the trial of the semi-truck driver allegedly at fault for a deadly accident in DuPage County. The Monday night crash resulted in the death of a 39-year-old toll way worker, and left an Illinois State Trooper hospitalized with third-degree burns, broken ribs and fractured shoulder bones. Reports indicate that the two men had stopped along the shoulder of Interstate 88 not far from Aurora to provide assistance to another semi driver whose rig had broken down. Despite the fact that both the toll way worker and state trooper’s vehicles had their emergency lights activated, the driver claimed he was unaware that anyone was stopped along the shoulder. A bond hearing Wednesday morning revealed that this error was likely due to sleep deprivation, as the DuPage County State’s Attorney reported that the defendant had slept just 3 ½ hours during a stretch of more than 36 hours of driving previous to the accident. The prosecution has filed charges of operating a commercial vehicle while impaired/fatigued, driving beyond the 11-hour rule, driving more than 14 hours and filing a false report of record and duty status. The Illinois State Trooper, a decorated Navy veteran, had just returned in June from deployment to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa; he remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. (Chicago Tribune-ChicagoLand)

Large trucks and commercial vehicles have an incredible potential to cause serious injuries and fatalities when involved in an accident, and that is why it is the responsibility of all truck drivers and owners to conduct themselves with the safety of everyone on the road in mind. If you have been injured because of a truck accident, or you are a survivor of a person killed because of negligence on the part of a truck driver or owner, our lawyers can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Together, our Chicago personal injury attorneys possess more than 130 years of experience, and have recovered over $520 million dollars in settlements for our clients. If you think you may have a case, call us for a free consultation to explore your legal options.

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Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous for both drivers and passengers on the road. Crashes that fall under this distinction involve large tractor trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., and because of their massive frames and heavy cargos, most other automobiles don’t stand a chance when involved in a collision. Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States, and of these some 5,000 result in fatalities. However, trucking is a huge business, and the United States economy earns well over $600 billion in annual revenues from shipping, so it is safe to say these trailers will be on the road for a long time. Earlier this week, a Boone County truck accident shut down State Road 47 for three hours, and left one dead.

The crash happened just before 7 a.m., when a semi truck driver lost control on State Road 47, causing him to careen off the road. According to reports from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the semi then crossed the centerline, striking a 2002 GMC pick up truck head on. The driver of the GMC, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police worked until roughly 10 a.m. redirecting traffic in the area and clearing the area for emergency crews. (FOX59)

According to recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are over 9,000 trucking accidents in our state every year. Even though our firm is headquartered in Chicago, our truck accident lawyers serve clients from all over Illinois to recover compensation for serious personal injuries and loss of life. Recently, our attorneys settled a $6.5 million trucking accident for the family of a young woman who had been killed after being rear-ended by a semi-truck driver. Our clients, the woman’s husband and son, also experienced extensive injuries in the collision. Our team was able to prove that the driver of the truck was under the influence of marijuana, and was operating an over-loaded, unsafe truck, in violation of multiple federal regulations.

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Product liability lawsuits focus on recovering compensation for injuries and deaths caused by dangerous and defective products. This can mean negligence on the part of a manufacturer, a seller, or a multitude of other parties, but when these accidents do happen, they can have severe and life altering affects on their victims.

A truck driver remains in critical condition after being injured in an anhydrous ammonia tank explosion. The victim, a 50-year-old man from Peoria, Illinois, had reportedly been towing two anhydrous ammonia tanks on Illinois Route 40 early Thursday morning when the tanks began rocking back and forth, causing him to lose control. One tank immediately exploded, while the other began to leak anhydrous ammonia gas. A bystander and a nearby Illinois State Police Trooper both witnessed the accident, and pulled the driver to safety. The man was transported to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. (Journal Star)

Thousands of people are injured annually because of design defects in vehicles, trailers, and other aspects of automotive equipment. Our Illinois personal injury lawyers are very proud of the fact that we have not only recovered substantial settlements for our clients, but that we have also aided in the removal of dangerous products from the market to prevent them from causing any further injuries or suffering.

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If you happen to be out on the road next to a large semi-truck or freight van, it’s natural to feel intimidated. These vehicles tower over a vast majority of the automobiles that they share the road with, and their sheer size and mass is enough to cause serious damage in the event of a truck accident.

Yesterday, multiple people were hospitalized following a collision between a FedEx truck and another vehicle on Interstate 80 near Tinley Park. Illinois State Police say the crash occurred just after 3 a.m., and that the FedEx truck was carrying two trailers at the time of the accident. While it is unclear who was at fault, or how many people were injured in the incident, several of the individuals riding in the passenger vehicle had to be transported to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet for treatment; the driver of the FedEx truck was not injured. Westbound lanes on Interstate 80 remained closed for over an hour in the aftermath of the crash, but were reopened just before 5 a.m. (CBS Chicago)

According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in our country, and of these, some 5,000 will result in fatalities. A staggering 98% of these tractor-trailer and large truck accident fatalities represent individuals riding in the passenger vehicles involved, showing just how dangerous these collisions can be. With our national economy benefitting from trucking revenues that totaled more than $610 billion last year, it is safe to say that big rigs won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, so it is important to know what to do if you are ever the victim of an accident.

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When our lawyers use the term trucking accidents, we are referring to collisions between large trailers (10,000+ lbs.) and one or more other vehicles or pedestrians. Roughly 500,000 of these accidents occur each year in our country, and 5,000 of them result in fatalities. With revenues from the commercial trucking business estimated to reach roughly $1 trillion by 2015, tractor-trailers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it is essential to know what to do if you should find yourself the victim of one of these accidents.

Last Thursday, two people were killed in a three-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck. Authorities say that the two vehicles involved, a Mazda and a Dodge Charger, first collided at the intersection of 36th Street and Patterson Avenue near Kent County, before both crashing into the nearby semi. The driver of the Charger, as well as the driver of the semi-truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but both people in the Mazda were pronounced dead shortly after the accident. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department Deputy reported that the driver of the Charger may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, but an investigation is still pending. (FOX-17 News)

Because of their massive size, and also due to the fact that they are often carrying extremely heavy loads, large trucks and tractor trailers can cause extensive damage to any vehicle during an accident. Although this incident wasn’t necessarily the fault of the truck driver, it goes to show just how powerful these machines are. The victims of these accidents are often relegated to hospital beds for months at a time recovering from their injuries, with their medical bills getting higher and higher, and their savings being sucked dry.

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A trucking accident refers to a collision that involves a large trailer, usually one that weighs in excess of 10,000 lbs. There are roughly 500,000 of these accidents every year in the United States, accounting for one out of every eight traffic fatalities. With revenues connected to the trucking industry totaling well over $600 billion last year, it’s safe to say that we will be sharing our roadways with large trucks for many years to come. With this in mind, our attorneys felt it is important that the citizens of Illinois know their rights when it comes to trucking accidents, and that they know where to turn if they should ever find themselves wrongfully injured. (Legal Info)

Truck drivers have a tough job. They are often asked to spend many hours behind the wheel, traveling hundreds of miles across the United States in a given day. In the trucking industry, time is money, and this leads many companies to push their drivers and trucks to the limits of safety and beyond in the name of profit. The sad truth is that far too many trucking accident injuries occur because of negligence, and many could be avoided by simply using necessary caution.

Yesterday morning, one such accident claimed the lives of three individuals, including a father and his 10-year-old son. According to a State Police Sergeant on the scene, the father and son were standing outside their parked vehicle after the boy had become car sick while traveling. It’s believed that the semi-truck driver was asleep at the wheel when his trailer struck the mini-van, and the truck continued to travel down the freeway for a short time before colliding with a tree and flipping onto its side. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Three additional people inside the mini-van were taken to a local hospital for treatment, but none of their injuries where considered to be life threatening. (ArkLaTex News)

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You probably know the feeling. Sitting in your vehicle, driving down the interstate, when suddenly, a semi-truck is right next to you. If this scenario makes you uncomfortable, you aren’t the only one. The sheer size of tractor trailers makes them very difficult to operate, and when trucks are carrying a full loads, their mass can make abrupt breaking and maneuvering nearly impossible. Still, the trucking industry reported revenues equal to more than $600 billion last year, and revenues could double in the next two years alone. With so much money involved, it is safe to say that we will be sharing the road with tractor-trailers for a while, and as long as that is the case, large truck accidents will continue to be an issue of paramount importance to driver safety.

Earlier this week sixteen people were taken to Chicago-area hospitals following a 6 vehicle semi-truck accident on I-94 in Gurnee. According to preliminary reports from police, the accident occurred when a Western Star semi-truck struck a group of 5 vehicles, which were stopped on the road in traffic. The collision created a chain reaction, causing each vehicle to crash into the one in front of it and forcing the shut down of multiple lanes of the freeway while an investigation took place. Paramedics commented that 5 of the 16 injured in the accident were in critical condition when they left the scene, and added that all of them had been taken to Advocated Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. At the present time no charges have been filed, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. (Chicago Tribune)

Last year, 500,000 large truck accidents occurred in the United States. And despite the fact that the number of trucks on the road continues to climb each year, the number of deaths attributed to these accidents has remained fairly consistent, totaling about 5,000 fatalities annually. Due primarily to the enormity of tractor-trailers, a staggering 98% of these deaths are the individuals in the passenger vehicles, not the truck drivers themselves. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

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Have you ever felt anxious driving next to a large semi truck or tractor-trailer? If you have you aren’t alone; the sheer mass of these enormous vehicles is enough to make the prospect of an accident a nightmare scenario. Truck accidents account for approximately one in every eight motor vehicle fatalities in the United States, and with annual revenues from the trucking industry ($610 billion last year) expected to nearly double by 2015, the number of fatalities could be on the rise.

A truck accident happens whenever a large (10,000 lbs. or more) trailer hits another vehicle or a pedestrian. There are about 500,000 of these accidents every year in the United States, and roughly 5,000 of them will result in one or more fatalities. It is important to know that when it comes to trucking accidents a staggering 98% of the victims are individuals in the smaller passenger vehicles involved, and that 68% occur in rural regions in contrast to other types of vehicle accidents. (Legal-Info)

Due partially to the increased use of tractor-trailers and semi trucks for cross-country shipping, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be conducting a workshop on May 13th and 14th to discuss issues related to fuel economy, vehicle mass reduction, and the effects of vehicle mass and size on vehicle safety. The workshop is being held at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will be available to watch live online through an NHTSA affiliated website.