Category: Legal Articles

Are truck drivers receiving adequate safety training in Illinois?

Legal Articles | November 26, 2014

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are no federal standards for the training of commercial drivers. Every day on Chicago’s roads, drivers encounter tractor trailers. These big rigs bring in goods and materials that make life more comfortable but the sheer size of them poses a potential threat to the safety and…

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Hands-free devices may lead to car accidents in Illinois

Legal Articles | November 26, 2014

Although Illinois has strict cellphone laws, hands free devices are legal and have shown to cause a significant amount of cognitive distraction. As smartphones become more technologically advanced, it isn’t uncommon to see people reading emails, updating their social media profiles, searching the internet, texting and even watching movies on their cellphones. When people begin…

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Truck driver fatigue at issue for lawmakers and law enforcement

Legal Articles | November 25, 2014

On behalf of Steven Seidman Federal bill could increase trucker hours from 70 to 82 hours per week Although driver fatigue is implicated in 40 percent of truck accidents, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an amendment to a federal bill could see truck drivers able to drive for longer hours, reports The…

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Megabus crash leads to five lawsuits in Chicago

Legal Articles | November 18, 2014

On behalf of Steven Seidman Passengers say windshield wipers were broken and bus was going too fast Five passengers on a Chicago-bound bus from Atlanta are suing the carrier Megabus over a serious highway accident that led to multiple injuries, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The passengers allege that the windshield wipers on the bus…

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Fatigued truck drivers a major concern in Illinois

Legal Articles | May 29, 2014

Many government agencies have been taking steps to address the issue of fatigued truck drivers on roadways throughout the country because of the dangers these drivers pose to other motorists. New hours-of-service regulations have been passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which limit the amount of hours truck drivers can operate during…

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Early Returns On Rules To Combat Truck Driver Fatigue

Legal Articles | March 10, 2014

Unsafe driving practices are not hard to identify. A drive of any length will likely reveal drivers using cell phones, tailgating, driving too fast and generally driving in an unsafe manner. Among commercial drivers, the pressure to engage in one particular form of dangerous driving can be substantial. Financial pressure can induce a truck driver…

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Trucker Told Not To Drive Commercially After Fatal Crash

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

Medical conditions can interfere with a driver’s safe operation of a vehicle. When a truck accident results in a fatality, investigators may attempt to determine if the driver’s medical status contributed to the event. Truck drivers may face certain health requirements to ensure they are safe to drive commercially. State Trooper Killed in Highway Crash;…

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Railroad Safety In Illinois

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

Rail crossings are common sites for train accidents. They can occur due to a failure of safety equipment such as crossing gates, warning lights and traffic control devices. The Illinois Commerce Commission is responsible for rail safety in Illinois. The ICC also tracks statistics on Illinois train accidents. ICC Responsibilities Illinois has more than 8,400…

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