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Speeding, Fatigue, and Alcohol Use Common Causes in Truck Accidents

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truck accidents, personal injury, law firm, fatigue, truck driver negligemce, Illinois Truck Accident LawyerAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,744 fatal large truck accidents and 88,000 injury crashes in 2014. A statistical analysis on the causation of truck accidents revealed that a concerning percentage of these crashes could be attributed to speeding, driver fatigue, and alcohol use. Disturbing as this information is, it highlights just how important it is for victims and their families to understand their rights after a semi accident.

Semi Drivers Should Be Held to a Higher Standard

All drivers should behave responsibly while behind the wheel, but semi drivers are (and should) be held to an even higher standard of safety. Their ability to cause death or injury is greater than that of other drivers and they are regulated by governmental standards. Yet the analysis reveals that semi drivers sometimes fail to adhere to the regulations, and all too often they behave in negligent ways that place every other road user at risk.

Speeding, Fatigue, and Alcohol Use

While there are many factors that can cause a truck accident, the FMCSA found that speeding, driver fatigue, and alcohol use were far more common than expected. In fact, of the 141,000 crashes included in the analysis, around 13 percent of all fatal and injury-inducing crashes were found to involve driver fatigue. At least 1,000 accidents involved the use of alcohol, at least 3,000 involved the use of illegal drugs, and another 25,000 involved the use of over-the-counter drugs. Speeding was also found to be a common factor in fatal and injury-inducing semi crashes.

These critical factors are not just accidental causes; they are negligent ones. Victims, whose lives were turned upside down by someone else's careless actions, can never be set right again. However, they do have the right to pursue fair compensation for their losses, including damages for wrongful death, catastrophic injury, time lost from work, disability, medical bills, and more. Unfortunately, these cases are also complex. As such, victims and their families should seek skilled legal assistance for their claims.

Contact Our McHenry County Truck Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been severely injured or wrongfully killed in a semi-truck accident, Botto Gilbert Lancaster, P.C. can help. Backed by more than three decades of experience, our McHenry County truck accident lawyers have the skills and knowledge needed to effectively represent your case. In every situation, we aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. To learn more, call 800-338-3833 and schedule your initial consultation with us today.

Sources:

http://wqad.com/2016/10/28/i-80-west-bound-down-to-one-lane-after-semi-accident/

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/research-and-analysis/large-truck-crash-causation-study-analysis-brief

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