Illinois and Federal Trucking Laws
Tractor-trailers are heavily regulated by the government, both the state of Illinois and the federal government. Despite this, truck drivers are under constant pressure to deliver loads to their destination as quickly (and as cheaply) as possible.
While there are specific rules on how long a semi driver may drive for, when and for how long he must rest, and all this information must be logged, it is not unheard of for this information to be inaccurate.
In short, while the vast majority of truck drivers keep accurate logs, especially those who use GPS-based computerized systems, there are numerous cases of drivers falsifying these records.
Short sleep and long hours coupled with enormous trucks can often have disastrous consequences.
Car / Truck Collisions: Protect Yourself
Motorists injured in collisions with trucks are often injured severely, and fatalities are not uncommon, unfortunately.
While motorists must be aware of trucks on the road, they should also be especially alert to the blind spots many trucks have (semis cannot see you if you are too close behind them or right next to them).
What to Do if You Were Hit by a Truck
If you are involved in a crash with a truck, the same basic analysis that goes into nearly every motor vehicle crash applies:
- Seek medical treatment.
- Photograph the vehicles, visible injuries, and location of the crash.
- Report the accident immediately.
- Do NOT provide a statement to anyone.
- Contact a lawyer.
- Report this to your insurance carrier.
Free Consultation With a Chicago Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a family member was injured in a collision with a semi or other truck, don't delay in getting legal advice: there are strict time limits for requesting insurance reimbursement or filing a lawsuit — and it is best to have a second opinion before accepting an insurance settlement. We welcome you to contact Chicago accident attorney Stephen L. Hoffman by completing our information form, calling (773) 944-9737, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today.