Severe dump truck and ready-mix concrete delivery truck accidents rose by 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2015 to 2016. This is according to a new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which focused on 2016 since it's the latest year for which data is available. Illinois drivers should know that there were 8,206 dump truck crashes and 838 concrete delivery truck crashes that were so severe that the trucks had to be towed.
Illinois residents have a good reason to be anxious when driving around large trucks. The number of large-truck fatalities reached a 29-year high in 2017 with 4,761 people killed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As for what is causing this trend, representatives of the trucking industry have a theory.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its 2017 crash data, culled from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. It turns out that the number of people killed in traffic crashes went down from 37,806 in 2016 to 37,133 in 2017: a 1.8 percent decrease. The most positive difference was seen in the number of speeding-related deaths, down by 5.6 percent, and bicyclist deaths, down by 8.1 percent.
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.
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.
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.