Trucking Collisions Archives

Brake Safety Week coming to Illinois in September

This fall, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold Brake Safety Week in Illinois and across North America. During the initiative, which takes place Sept. 16-22, CVSA inspectors will check commercial vehicles for critical brake violations. Vehicles that fail inspections will be pulled from service.

Unsafe driving is the top cause of commercial truck crashes

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans to bring attention to dangerous driving behaviors during its annual Operation Safe Driver Week, which is scheduled to begin July 15. Law enforcement in Illinois and throughout the nation will focus on drivers engaging in reckless actions like speeding, distracted driving, tailgating or breaking other traffic laws. Commercial vehicles come under particular scrutiny during the enforcement event. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, bad decisions by drivers contribute to 88 percent of crashes involving large trucks.

How truck accident victims achieve a settlement

Truck accident victims in Illinois who know that they were not at fault can file for compensation with the other side. However, going through with a personal injury lawsuit can take a substantial amount of time and money, so victims may consider opting for an informal settlement. This is where both parties settle out of court without publicly holding anyone liable for negligence or recklessness.

Ryan, Ryan & Landa Settles Seven Figure Trucking Case

Attorney Philip Ryan recently finalized settlement of a $2.575 million dollar trucking collision case. The lawsuit, which was filed in Cook County, IL, sought recovery for a young woman who sustained catastrophic injuries when a semi-truck jack-knifed across traffic in a snow storm and the vehicle in which she was a passenger was caused to crash into it.

Tractor Trailer Accidents in Illinois

Can Truck Accident Victims Sue for Negligence When Truck Drivers Fail to Follow Safety Mandates?

When a car, pick up or SUV driver hits the road, ensuring that he or she is well rested before getting behind the wheel is common sense. When a semi truck driver hits the road, being well rested is the law.

Judge Rules Negligent Driver's Statements Admissible

A DuPage County judge ruled that statements made by a negligent truck driver to police following a collision wherein he killed an Illinois Tollway employee and badly injured a state trooper were admissible in court. Renato Velasquez had asked the Court to bar statements he made to police following a January 27, 2014 trucking accident caused when he struck a broken down vehicle on I-88 near Aurora. A link to the Chicago Tribune story concerning this development is below:

An Illinois Truck Accident Claims a Fifth Victim

In July, a truck accident on I-55 instantly claimed the lives of four people ages 11 to 54. Earlier this month, a local news service published a story reporting that a fifth accident victim had died. The high fatality rate of the accident is consistent with national statistics, which reveal that more than 5,000 people die in truck accidents in the U.S. each year. The ratio of the number of trucks to truck accident fatalities is significantly higher than the ratio of the number of cars to car accident fatalities, and this is true for several reasons. Substance abuse issues are common among long-haul truck drivers, who often need to drive hundreds of miles and stay awake for many hours each day. Also, trucking companies sometimes fail to provide the necessary vehicle maintenance needed to keep eighteen-wheelers safe. Eighteen-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are highly dangerous when improperly maintained. In addition, truck drivers sometimes choose to, or are pressured to, drive more than the legally mandated number of hours allowed without a rest break. Trucking companies sometimes fail to effectively screen hired drivers, resulting in unqualified drivers, drivers without necessary licenses and drivers with criminal records and/or DUIs/DWIs. Another reason is that semi truck cargoes are sometimes improperly loaded, resulting in shifted cargoes that can cause trucks to go out of control.The July accident on I-55 appears to be consistent with national data. Truck driver Francisco Espinal Quiroz was charged with a felony for falsifying his driving records and charged with a felony for failing to maintain record of duty status, as well as cited for failure to reduce his speed in order to prevent an accident. Additionally, prosecutors state that Quiroz had been on the road twelve hours at the time of the accident. Illinois law allows truck drivers to drive only eleven hours without rest.When drivers and transport companies break laws and injuries result, injury victims and their families should work with experienced truck accident attorneys to prove negligence and recover needed and deserved compensation. The Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois, law firm of Ryan Ryan & Landa has handled numerous truck accident cases, including a case involving a fatigued truck driver that settled for $4.5 million. For qualified truck accident legal help in Illinois, contact our firm at (847)416-1989. 

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