The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been attempting to install a new set of rules regarding hours of service for truck drivers. Those rules were blocked by Congress this week, some say at the behest of trucking industry lobbyists. The goal of the rules is to reduce fatigue-related truck accidents. A trucking industry group has promised to seek more changes in January, once the legislators elected in November take office.
With fall and winter weather on fast approach, this question is especially relevant. While the trucking industry and its regulators must do all they can to reduce and prevent commercial truck accidents, other motorists should also do their own part to enhance roadway safety. This is just as true in Illinois as it is in other states.
"It appears to be a video of the accident, but it's going to investigators." That's what a captain with the Illinois State Police had to say about a YouTube video that surfaced that apparently shows an accident involving a semitruck and six other vehicles on the Tri-State Tollway in Gurnee.
In the interests of safety for all motorists utilizing Chicago's system of roadways, the trucking industry has an effective set of rules and guidelines. These rules work well when truck drivers comply, but we know that not all truckers follow the rules all the time. It is a highly competitive industry and truck drivers must distinguish themselves to do well. However, when the cost of attempting to distinguish oneself above others is the loss of life or severe injury, it means the system is broken.
A man was driving through Fayette County, Illinois, when he was involved in a deadly accident with a semi. The Illinois State Police responded to the crash. It happened on Interstate 70.
In 2014, a total of 3,660 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks, like semi-trucks and box trucks. However, the vast majority of the fatalities did not come from the trucks themselves, but from people riding in other vehicles.
A semi-truck hit a man from Evanston, Illinois, while he was riding his bike along the highway, and the man was killed in the accident. The crash happened on Nov. 13, a Friday. It took place in Skokie, while the truck and the man were going down Howard Street.
Getting into an accident with a semi-truck is not only injurious, it can be devastating to you and your loved ones. Your physical and mental health are hurt and you have a car that is close to totaled to deal with. The difference in the size of the truck and your vehicle is huge and if the truck driver is distracted or speeding, you can bet that there is going to be someone who is hurt, if not killed. The crash can be catastrophic for you and your passengers.
On the afternoon of July 10, a former Illinois State Representative died after a semi tractor-trailer collided with his vehicle along a Michigan highway. According to the Michigan State Police, the former representative of the Evanston, Illinois area, H. Woods "Woody" Bowman was traveling in a Cadillac along with his wife between Paw Paw and Kalamazoo, Michigan, when the tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of his vehicle.
Any collision between motor vehicles can leave victims suffering from injuries. However, when those collisions involve semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles, the results can often be devastating. In some instances, truck accident victims can also suffer catastrophic injuries like the loss of a limb, serious brain trauma and even paralysis.