Elgin is located between Rockford Illinois and Chicago along I-90, which draws dense trucking traffic into and through the city. Chicago is a major transportation hub, and the entire state is influenced by the extreme volume of semi-tractors that traverse Illinois’s major roads. With an increased volume of trucks on the highways comes the added risk that other motorists will be involved in accidents due to negligent actions of reckless or fatigued drivers. The Elgin truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are dedicated to representing the rights of those who have been seriously injured or killed in truck crashes.
Busiest Roads in Elgin, Illinois
Interstate 90 draws the majority of Elgin’s trucking traffic, but other major roads throughout the city act as arteries that direct more local traffic and truck drivers who want to avoid congested highways. Randall Road, Larkin Avenue and U.S. 20 are all heavily trafficked roads traveled by thousands of trucks each day. Residents have become accustomed to the regular flow of semi's through Elgin and Chicago’s other suburbs to the point of not appreciating just how dangerous it can be to share the road with large trucks capable of causing devastation.
How Truck Companies Cause Accidents
The trucking industry is currently in a state of crisis as the majority of truck drivers near retirement age, and it is becoming more difficult to recruit replacements. More drivers are overworked than ever to meet the ongoing demand for transport despite the dwindling workforce available to ensure that deadlines are met. Truckers are continually encouraged to falsify their logs, skip routine mechanical inspections and forgo required maintenance to stay on schedule. These actions are the ultimate cause of the increase in fatal truck crashes that have occurred throughout the State of Illinois.
Some of the following factors also influence the decisions of drivers and motivate them to act irresponsibly.
- Being paid by the mile rather than the hour. Parking and waiting at a warehouse or sitting in traffic can frustrate drivers who know that the law limits the amount of time they may work inside of each day and week. If they find themselves delayed at a warehouse or behind schedule due to congestion on the road, they are tempted to subvert the rules by falsifying logs, and some companies will even promote and encourage this illegal behavior.
- Strict deadlines. Whenever drivers are threatened with penalties for failing to reach their destinations on time, they will avoid needed safety precautions such as regular maintenance and inspections to make up for lost time.
- Failure to require routine maintenance. It is the responsibility of both the driver and his or her employer to make sure that trucks are safe to operate. Trucking companies will cut these corners to reduce their bottom line at the risk of potentially fatal accidents.
Demanding the Compensation you are Entitled to Following an Elgin Truck Crash
If a negligent truck driver’s actions caused you or a loved one harm, the Elgin truck accident lawyers of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to holding the driver and his employer monetarily responsible. Our law office will work to recover the cost of your medical treatment, out of pocket expenses, loss of income and the pain and suffering you have endured due to your tragic injuries or the loss of a loved one. Our comprehensive team includes professionals in specific disciplines like accident reconstruction, medicine, social work, economics, and trucking law. Our team has recovered the highest possible amount of compensation allowed by law for hundreds of Illinois semi-truck accident victims just like you.
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