Semi-trucks are massive in comparison to motor vehicles. At maximum capacity, semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a semi-truck collides with another motor vehicle, catastrophic injuries are almost always likely to result.
Several Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Overloaded Trucks: When a semi-truck is overloaded, it affects a truck driver’s ability to maneuver the vehicle. The cargo in the trailer may inadvertently shift to one side and cause the truck to become off balance. The improper balance of cargo often results in semi-trucks rolling over, which can often lead to multi-vehicle accidents.
Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers are required by law to work a specific amount of hours with allotted breaks in between to ensure the safe operation of a semi-truck, as well as the safety of other motorists on Illinois roadways. The effects of driver fatigue on truck drivers can be equated to the effects of alcohol on one’s driving performance. After 24 hours awake, driver fatigue is the equivalent of having an blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.10%, more than the legal limit.*
Zayed Law Offices Can Help
Truck drivers owe a duty of reasonable care to other motorists when operating semi-trucks on Illinois roadways. When a truck driver breaches that duty of care, he or she is liable for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a truck driver, contact our Chicago truck accident attorneys today. We help our clients obtain the compensation and the justice they deserve.
* Infographic: https://visual.ly/truck-driver-fatigue-statistics