Large vehicles such as trucks, buses, and RVs accounted for 17% of all registered vehicles on Illinois roads in 2011. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, buses, semi-trailers, and farm equipment were involved in nearly 15,000 accidents that year.
Illinois is the 7th to 8th leading state for large trucking collisions each year, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, these crashes typically cause more harm to the occupants of other vehicles rather than the driver of the truck; in fact, 83% of fatalities in 2011 Illinois truck accidents were in vehicles other than the truck involved in the crash.
There are many types of trucks that motorists must share the road with, and the size, weight, and shape of these vehicles can cause devastating wreckage in a crash. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or even lost their life due to a collision with a large vehicle, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm may be able to help. Our experienced attorneys have helped countless victims of truck and motor accidents recover damages for their serious injuries.
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Types of Trucks on Illinois & Missouri Roads
Trucks, trailers, and buses serve a number of different purposes, and therefore come in many shapes and sizes. From armored vans designed to transport large sums of currency to U-Haul vehicles made for moving your ‘stuff,’ the type of truck, and the experience of the driver, tends to vary.
Common types of large vehicles include:
- Cargo delivery, e.g. FedEx, UPS, USPS
- Fire engine / EMS
- Garbage collection
- Livestock carrier
- Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
- Road train
- Semi-trailer, i.e. 18 Wheeler
Bus accidents generally fall under the category of commercial vehicle accidents along with trucks such as those listed above. Bus accidents often involve many passengers and can result in severe injuries, just as trucking accidents can. Unfortunately, there are many causes unique to these vehicles that may contribute to an accident.
Causes of Collisions with Commercial Vehicles
Here in Coles County, the maximum speed limit for trucks is 65 mph; however, many other factors contribute to safety on the road. While NHTSA provides for the regulation of commercial trucks, there are still many causes for collisions with large trucks, buses, and other vehicles.
Some contributing factors to truck crashes include:
- Aggressive driving
- Blind spots
- Distracted drivers
- Driving under the influence
- Equipment failure
- Excess cargo / overload
- Fatigued drivers
- Improperly secured cargo
- Incompetent drivers
- Poor maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Shifting loads
In an effort to avoid a collision with any type of vehicle, a motorist should practice defensive driving skills. However, it is important to be mindful of the complexities involved in maneuvering many of these large vehicles, and to be respectful while sharing the road. It is also imperative to stay alert behind the wheel in order to allow reaction time to avoid the types of accidents that typically involve large trucks.
Types of Trucking Collisions
Trucks may be involved in many of the same types of collisions as other motor vehicles, but are also conducive to unique situations. Some types of trucking collisions include:
- Runaway trailer
- Tire blowout
Many trucking accidents can result in the spillage of hazardous materials. If you believe you may have been exposed to any hazardous substances while involved in a truck crash, it is important to seek medical care.
Common Injuries Suffered by Victims of Truck Crashes
Unfortunately, the nature of trucking accidents often leaves victims with severe, sometimes permanent injuries. Some types of trauma that may occur in truck collisions include:
- Broken bones
- Dental trauma
- Dislocated joints
- Facial damage
- Internal trauma
- Loss of limb
- Orthopedic damage
- Psychological damage
- Rib fractures
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- …among many others
Injuries sustained in a truck wreck often result in exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and more. If you or a loved one was involved in such a collision, an attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible to pursue compensation after you have obtained medical treatment.
Contact Our Illinois Truck Crash Attorneys
Despite NHTSA regulations, the trucking industry has demonstrated negligence in many cases in the past. As experienced truck accident attorneys, the legal team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has the expertise to defend victims of trucking accidents that occurred due to trucker or carrier company negligence.
We are proud of our superior reputation and the personal service our lawyers provide. We handle complex cases with quality and that is what makes our firm a top referral choice among our colleagues. Throughout Illinois, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm name represents injury victims like you. We proudly accept clients from the following areas:
- Charleston, IL
- O’Fallon, IL
- Mattoon, IL
- Arcola, IL
- Neoga, IL
- …and many surrounding communities
We are dedicated to our clients and their cases. Find out how we can help today by calling 855-522-5291 for your free consultation.