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HIgh Rate of Roll Over AccidentsThe high and narrow build of passenger vans can make them top-heavy and more likely to tip or rollover, especially when the driver is not experienced at driving these types of vehicles. Although the space and room inside these vehicles make them seem like a great family option, there are dangers involved with driving them. They handle differently and when loaded to capacity, can be at a higher risk to drive.

A woman with six children in her mini-van recently rolled twice on an Illinois highway. The woman was momentarily distracted and hit the edge of the road and tried to correct the vehicle. The quick movement caused the van to flip and roll twice into the ditch. All seven passengers were taken to the hospital. Luckily, the woman and six children all survived and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

15-Passenger Vans

Motorist Safety Tips For Avoiding Truck AccidentsLarge commercial trucks are prevalent on the highways and streets all across the U.S. While their drivers are professionally trained, their sheer size and weight makes them difficult to stop and maneuver when faced with an obstacle. Learning to respect their space and understanding their limitations can help motorists avoid being involved in an accident with one of these large vehicles.

Fatality Rates Involving Commercial Trucks

When encountering a large truck on the road, it is best to use caution. These large trucks can be deadly if a driver is involved in an accident with them. In a passenger vehicle, the driver is more likely to receive a fatal injury than the driver of the commercial truck if you are to tangle with one on the road. The statistics don’t lie.

Chicago truck accident lawyers Most people know that truck accidents involve a few key players. What few are aware of is that the victims and operators, also known as truckers, are far from the only parties that suffer the brunt of the legal fallout.

Companies or individuals known as carriers operate most commercial vehicles that move goods. These enterprises typically receive their freight contracts from brokers that serve as intermediaries between carriers and other firms known as shippers, such as the businesses that arrange the sale of consumer goods.

How do brokers and shippers figure into the liability landscape? Where do their legal responsibilities lie after one of their truck drivers gets into an injury-causing collision, and what does their involvement mean for victims? A Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers shares what to know about your post-truck-accident future.

American Transit and who is drivingIt shouldn’t surprise anyone that some truckers use and abuse drugs. Career stresses, demanding professional requirements and other factors combine to make their jobs amazingly challenging. According to medical experts, such pressures can result in truckers being more prone to risky behaviors, such as drug use.

What does this mean for those who must share the road with semis and other commercial vehicles? Drug abuse only makes tough odds direr. Here’s why drug-taking truck drivers are more of a threat than you might think.

Trucker Drug Use by the Numbers

Ammonia-leak-in-chicago-suburbA massive chemical spill that sent 40 people to the hospital in a far northern suburb of Chicago illustrates the extreme health hazards of exposure to anhydrous ammonia.

Police and fire crews who responded to a reported vehicle fire in Beach Park, Illinois, in the early morning hours of April 25 encountered plumes of toxic gas escaping from a tractor trailer truck hauling tanks of anhydrous ammonia, which is commonly used in fertilizer. The truck was reportedly en route from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, to a farm in Northern Illinois.

It’s still unclear what caused the leak, but it was not believed to be the result of a vehicle crash. Forty people, including 11 firefighters and a police officer, were taken to a local hospital, all with varying degrees of respiratory distress. The injured included vehicle occupants who were traveling in the vicinity of the spill and even residents of nearby homes. While most were treated and released, seven people remained in serious to critical condition up to two days after the incident, some on artificial respirators, and their prognosis was uncertain.

Injured workers by UPS trailersOn October 31, 2017, a worker at a Bedford Park UPS facility was injured just before 2:00 AM after being pinned by a trailer before first respondents freed the man and transported him via airlift to a local hospital. Jennifer Cook, a spokeswoman for UPS, confirmed that the company would conduct an in-house investigation into the matter to determine the cause of the incident and take appropriate measures to prevent accidents like this from occurring in the future.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an investigation into the incident occurring in the 6700 block of W. 73rd St. in Bedford Park. The man’s current health condition is not immediately known.

A Widespread Problem

Trucks That Self Drive with CarsA stir was created when Anheuser-Busch made news by shipping a trailer full of beer over 120 miles without a driver behind the wheel. While there was a driver in the sleeper berth ready to take over if things went awry, he never took the wheel as the semi-truck made its way from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. The development of autonomous driving technology for trucks comes with a lot of questions and the public has voiced many of the same concerns over self-driving trucks as they have cars. For our Chicago truck accident attorneys, the most important question for consideration is how this technology impacts liability.

Historic Trip Reveals True Ability of Autonomous Driving Technology

When a truck is able to travel 120 miles without any assistance from a human being and can enter and leave the highway without causing an accident, it quickly dismisses any notion that self-driving technology is soon to become reality for drivers everywhere. While there are many benefits to this technology, many concerns and questions still exist in the minds of skeptics. First, let’s consider the benefits that autonomous driving may have on the trucking industry.

increased visibility can be positive in helping truck driversDrivers wishing for x-ray vision when attempting to overtake large trucks may now benefit from a technology that is just as effective. Samsung has developed a transparent Safety Truck equipped with cameras and weatherproof monitors working in tandem to provide trailing drivers to see around or through the leading semi-tractor trailer prior to making the decision on whether to overtake the truck. This could prevent many of the accidents that result when motorists drive to perform passing maneuvers on two lane highways and save countless lives in the process. It can also provide insight into the view that truck drivers have of the road and the distance vehicles should maintain ahead of a truck before moving into its lane.

Extensive Testing to Take Place in Argentina

Following the creation of a prototype last year, Samsung has received the go-ahead to expand its testing program. It will begin by testing numerous Safety Trucks over the next four months to determine whether they effectively reduce the number of accidents resulting from vehicles overtaking trucks. If the tests are successful, Samsung will begin making the Safety Truck available in markets across the world, including in the United States.

Chicago truck accident lawyersNine children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a truck rear ended a bus on January 21, 2016 and pushed it into the semi-trailer ahead of it. The accident occurred on Green Bay Road near Major Avenue in Beach Park and 56 children needed to be evaluated by school officials before being sent home with their parents. Children being transported on buses tend to be more vulnerable in the event of an accident due to limited protection and a lack of restraints. Many of the injuries suffered are the result of children striking the seat ahead of them or falling to the ground following a sudden jolt.

Truck Driver Subject to Multiple Citations

Authorities discovered that the driver responsible for the accident had failed to reduce his speed prior to the collision and has multiple citations for speeding on his record. He was cited for failure to provide proof of insurance and not having a driver’s license on him at the time of the accident. It is unclear whether he using the vehicle for the purpose of work at the time of the accident. His employer may share liability for failure to ensure that he was in compliance with all applicable driving and work laws prior to being allowed to work.

Preventing Winter Crashes with Winter Like ConditionsTruck drivers are receiving a crash course on winter driving through the use of a state of the art simulator that mimics actual road conditions in inclement weather and allows drivers to learn how their vehicles will respond under varied situations. The Chicago trucking accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found that commercial truck drivers often overestimate their abilities during cold weather and believe that this tool can help make the roads much safer if all drivers were required to participate in cold weather simulations. Since commercial trucks are capable of catastrophic levels of devastation, the prevention of accidents is instrumental in reducing the number of truck related fatalities.

The Michigan Center for Truck Safety Leads the Way with Innovative Training Technology

For nearly eight years, drivers and truck companies have been able to use driving simulations offered by the Michigan Center for Truck Safety to educate and test drivers using multiple scenarios and challenges. The purpose is to show drivers the exact response of a large semi-tractor and its trailer under specific conditions so that they can make real life adjustments to their habits that will save lives. This is an invaluable tool when training new drivers because they are able to make errors or miscalculations without causing any harm to others on the road.