350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Call Today for Your FREE Consultation Call Us847-232-7180
Quinn Law Group, LLC
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in truck accident liability

IL truck accident lawyerAccidents involving large trucks, such as semi-trucks or other large vehicles, tend to be extremely serious. Think about it -- when a huge, 40,000-pound truck collides with an average-sized, 4,000-pound vehicle, there is bound to be much more damage to the smaller vehicle. Truck accidents also tend to be deadly for passengers in smaller vehicles. According to the latest data available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were over 4,700 people killed in truck accidents in 2017. Of those people, nearly 75 percent were occupants of the other motor vehicle involved in the accidents. One of the most commonly cited reasons for truck accidents is driver fatigue, which is highly regulated by the FMCSA.

Hours of Service Regulations

Driving for long periods of time can make anyone tired. When all you do is drive for a living, you can become fatigued quickly, which is why rules were put into place by the FMCSA to prevent drowsy driving by truck drivers. Hours of service regulations are laws that all truck drivers must follow in order to limit the amount of time they spend on the road. If a truck is carrying cargo, a driver:

  • Is only permitted to work for up to 11 hours in a row
  • Is only permitted to drive for 11 consecutive hours immediately after at least 10 straight hours off duty
  • Is only allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if not more than eight hours have passed since they last had a break of at least 30 minutes
  • Is not permitted to drive a CMV after they have been on duty for 60 hours in a seven-day time span or 70 hours on duty in an eight-day time span. They may begin working again after 34 straight hours of being off duty.

Proving Violations

Hours of service rules were put into place for a very good reason -- to lessen the chance of truck accidents occurring because of fatigue or drowsiness. If a person has been in a truck accident, there is a very good chance that they are experiencing serious injuries. Getting compensated for your injuries can be achieved if you are able to prove that the driver was, in fact, violating the hours of service rules at the time of the accident. Your attorney will be able to gather information and compile evidence as to whether or not the rules were violated by examining:

...

IL truck accident attorneyIf you have ever traveled along any of the thousands of miles of highway in the United States, you have almost certainly shared the road with a semi-truck or big rig at some point. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 1.5 million for-hire and private trucking companies in the country with more than 36 million trucks being used for business purposes. Truck accidents are unfortunately not uncommon; the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported nearly 5,000 fatal truck crashes and around 116,000 crashes causing injury in 2017. While truck drivers are almost always responsible for a portion of the blame in accidents, trucking companies can also be held responsible in some cases. Here are a few ways trucking companies might be responsible for truck accidents:

Not Maintaining or Servicing the Truck

Commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) are large and have a lot of different parts than other vehicles. The primary purpose of a CMV is business, meaning these vehicles travel thousands of miles every month and require much more service and maintenance than other vehicles. Federal trucking regulations state that every motor carrier is required to perform routine maintenance and inspection of their CMV’s to ensure all parts are in working order. If a CMV gets into an accident and it is found that the truck was partially to blame, the trucking company can be held liable for the accident.

Hiring Drivers Who Lack Qualifications/Experience

Because of the enormous size and weight of CMV’s, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of training and experience before they are permitted to operate a CMV. All drivers employed to drive CMV’s are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the proper endorsements to be legally permitted to drive. It is the job of the trucking company to ensure their drivers have the proper training, experience, licensing and endorsements to drive a CMV. If they are lacking in any of those areas, the trucking company may be liable for the accident.

...
Waiting for Resize
Back to Top