Truck drivers and prescription drug use

Drivers and passengers in Illinois often turn to a Chicago truck accident attorney after becoming injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver. While there are many different types of truck driver negligence, one prevalent form is prescription drug use. In a study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it was […]

Motorist vs. cyclists: There’s an app for that

For many bicyclists in Illinois, getting hit by a motor vehicle is a constant concern. However, a new app, known as the Bike Shield App, could help both motorists and cyclists become more aware of each other as they travel. Additionally, it could potentially reduce the number of cyclists who need to seek the assistance […]

Traffic accidents and falls leading causes of spinal cord injury

Many Illinois residents and people across the country are involved in disastrous car collisions and falls every year. While some of these incidents are minor and cause minimal damage, other accidents can have catastrophic results. A Chicago personal injury attorney knows that spinal cord damage is just one possible outcome of high-impact accidents. Spinal cord […]

Driver perceptions may cause motorcycle accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed nationwide in the year 2012. This alarming statistic is a 7 percent increase from the number of motorcyclist deaths in the previous year. A Chicago motorcycle accident attorney would agree that this overwhelming number of deaths is often due to the neglect of […]

How distractive are in-vehicle systems to drivers?

In recent years, many states including Illinois have enacted legislation that prohibits the use of handheld cellphones and other technologies while driving. In response, many of today’s automakers, tech giants and consumers are turning to hands-free or voice-based in-vehicle systems for communication purposes and navigation assistance. Given that these new technologies have been in use […]

4 things to watch out for on Illinois’ wintry roads

As wintry weather hits Chicago, roads and highways will become extremely dangerous. According to My Fox Chicago, one pile-up on Interstate 90 involved two tractor-trailers that jackknifed, leading to a 13-car accident. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However, as any Chicago car accident attorney knows, poor road conditions often lead to injury and even death. […]

How much weight will Illinois allow tractor trailers to pull?

Federal law has set weight limits on tractor trailers, and Illinois has its own specifications regarding the amount a truck can pull, as well. These are based on risk reduction for everyone on the road and preservation of highways and streets. Overweight commercial trucks create hazardous conditions that have the potential to cause serious injuries […]

5 differences between tractor trailers and passenger vehicles

According to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there has been an increase in accidents involving commercial vehicles in recent years. Illinois data shows that more than 5,500 truck crashes occurred in 2012, and statistics indicate that the passenger car occupants have the highest risk of injury. Of the 3,514 people killed […]

Truck accidents: 4 common causes

Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that both the rate of truck accidents and the number of injuries and fatalities associated with them are climbing. Crashes involving tractor trailers increased 11 percent between 2009 and 2012. Fatalities escalated by 16 percent, and there was a 43 percent rise in the number of […]

Does safety technology help prevent truck accidents?

Most passenger vehicles now come standard with advanced technology to improve operation safety, such as air bags, anti-lock brakes, and, more recently, electronic stability control. Option packages typically include additional features that reduce driving hazards, but current performance standards do not require them. Due to their size and weight, large trucks are less maneuverable in […]

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