Head-on truck accidents are some of the most serious cases that the Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers take on, primarily due to the devastation that trucks are capable when colliding with smaller and lighter vehicles. Even the most advanced and innovative safety technologies being deployed in vehicles today is not enough to counter the weight, momentum, and force of an 80,000-pound vehicle when it slams head-on into a 5,000-pound car, van or pickup truck. Many of these accidents are due to driver error or fatigue, and the victims and their families are entitled to recover fair compensation for negligent and reckless behavior on the part of drivers and their employers.
The Responsibilities of a Truck Driver to Avoid Head-On Crashes
Truck drivers take it upon themselves to get behind the wheel of vehicles that are highly lethal and capable of causing complete carnage every single day. This responsibility should only belong to those who are well trained and have respect for just how dangerous a semi-tractor can be in an accident. The reality, however, is that many drivers lack the respect for fundamental laws that are meant to keep our roads safe and in addition to speeding or ignoring traffic devices and signage, drivers will go as far as falsifying their logs to extend their work hours and operating their trucks when fatigued or under the influence.
The law is unambiguous that when a truck driver breaks the law and it results in an accident, the breach of law is enough to argue that he or she acted negligently. There are often cases where the employer, manufacturer or those responsible for maintaining the truck may share culpability, but most of the responsibility will fall on the driver’s shoulders when it is revealed that he or she failed to follow basic traffic laws or was illegally operating the vehicle.
Contributing Factors to Head-On Truck Collisions
Whenever you must share the road with large trucks, it is helpful to understand the conditions that often precede an accident. Many head-on truck collisions with large commercial vehicles are the result of some form of error on the part of the driver, such as under or oversteering and driving while distracted. Here are the leading causes of the accidents our Chicago truck crash lawyers have investigated.
- When performing a maneuver, the driver crosses the center line into oncoming traffic. If a vehicle is sitting at a light when this occurs, the victim may have little recourse to avoid the accident.
- The driver violates a traffic control device such as a red light or stop sign and collides with an oncoming vehicle that is turning left.
- When passing other vehicles on the highway, the driver does not have adequate clearance and is unable to return to his or her lane before hitting an oncoming vehicle.
- A trailer jackknife causes the driver to completely lose control of the truck, sending it into oncoming traffic or creating a pile-up accident.
In many cases, driver fatigue or distraction is a significant factor in the accident, and the first thing that we look into when investigating any case is whether the driver violated the laws that regulate how long drivers may work each shift and week. Talking on the phone, texting while driving and the influence of drugs and alcohol are other causes of accidents— all of which are inexcusable when considering the disregard these drivers must have for others by acting in such irresponsible ways.
If you’ve been seriously injured or your loved one died in a head-on truck accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers may be able to help you by recovering compensation for the payment of medical bills, loss of income and opportunity, loss of consortium, mental or emotional anguish, pain and suffering and wrongful death. We have successfully represented thousands of clients across Illinois, and our award-winning lawyers are some of the most trusted legal representatives in the state.
Contact us now to arrange a free consultation with one of our Chicago truck accident attorneys so that we can get to work immediately on recovering evidence and building your case. During this process, we will answer all of your questions and review your legal options with you so that you know what you can expect and your chances of success. Additionally, we will assist you by working with your insurance companies to ensure that you receive the quality medical care that you need. We work on a contingency basis only, so should we be unable to recover compensation on your behalf, our services won’t cost you anything at all.
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