Chicago 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer
Each year in the United States, more than half a million accidents involving semi-trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, occur in the United States. This is especially true here in Chicago where the city’s density, the proliferation of major highways and narrow avenues, and high pedestrian traffic can create environments where badly driven semi-trucks can be a danger to other drivers and even nearby pedestrians.
In fact, recent Illinois Department of Transportation data reveals that truck accidents account for nearly one in ten out of all the fatal traffic accidents within the state. Because of their enormous size and power, semi-trucks have the ability to create mass amounts of damage when they are driven unsafely or commercial operators fail to maintain or repair them.
Fatalities from accidents involving semi-trucks are rising as well. So far in 2015, there have been more than 800 fatalities from crashes in Illinois, which is 50 more fatalities than the state saw in all of 2014.
What to Know About the U.S. Commerical Trucking Industry
It is important to look at the size and influence of the trucking industry as well. The commercial trucking industry in the United States operations hundreds of thousands of semi-trucks generating millions of dollars in revenue as they travel throughout the United States. These massive amounts of money can tempt some trucking operators and their drivers into wrongdoing. The desire to make more profit may cause some employers to put unhealthy demands on their drivers. If a trucking company negatively affects a driver’s ability to perform his or her job safely, that operator is endangering the lives of other drivers here in Chicago.
In addition to pushing drivers to operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner or to drive more hours than is legally allowed, some commercial operators may also contribute to negligent behavior by their driver. Drivers may speed, fail to adapt to inclement weather or use drugs or alcohol to cope with the stresses of their job. If these types of events happen, it is important to hold both the driver and their employer liable for the consequences.
Other commercial operators cut corners on the safety of their semi-trucks. Whether their vehicles are owned or leased, inspections, maintenance, repairs and records of these interventions are legally required by a commercial trucking operator. If an owner or operator delays critical vehicle inspections, fails to replace parts in a timely manner or pressures their drives to work more hours, they are legally negligent. These practices are wrong and should be punished to the letter of the law in order to avoid wrongful deaths, unnecessary suffering and millions of dollars in damage.
Semi-Trucks vs. Passenger Vehicles
Because of the size of semi-trucks and the significant speed they can reach quickly, these types of trucks are very dangerous in an accident. They are harder to stop than a traditional passenger vehicle and the mechanisms required to propel, drive and stop them are complex. They require far more maintenance than passenger cards and have bigger blind spots, making them more likely to strike adjacent vehicles.
Contact a Chicago 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer Today
Semi-truck accident cases are complex and can prove confusing to their victims. Proving negligence in a crash that involves a semi-truck takes an investment of time, experience, and resources.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or another large commercial truck, the Chicago 18 wheeler accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900, can pursue the compensation you need and deserve.