Rockford, IL is an industrial city with deep connections to the freight and transportation industries and its location along critical railroads and highways make it an integral cog in the transportation hub that exists throughout the State of Illinois. I-90 connects the city with both Madison and Chicago, and its I-39 connection provides both an alternate route to Chicago and a link to I-80 and I-88, which provide routes to practically every major interstate in the Midwest. The high volume of trucking traffic coming in and out of Rockford increases the risk of accidents, and the Rockford truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in protecting the victims of trucking negligence.
Transportation is a Vital Part of Rockford’s Economy
The City of Rockford has always been highly vested in the industry, and the transport of freight goes hand in hand with the production of goods and materials. The United Parcel Service, Union Pacific, Canadian National and the Illinois Railway represent some of Rockford’s larger employers, and the city acts as a hub between the cities of Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay to the north and Chicago to the south, which is one of the largest transportation hubs in the country. The Chicago Rockford International Airport is home to the United Parcel Service’s second largest air hub in the world, and the freight received there is transported to its ultimate destinations via semi-trucks once it has been accepted.
Concerns have arisen in recent years due to drastic increases in the number of fatal truck accidents being reported throughout Illinois. Many of the injuries and deaths that have resulted from these crashes have been linked to negligent actions of truck drivers or poor policy decisions by trucking companies which ultimately resulted in avoidable accidents.
Rockford Truck Driver Being Investigated After Fatal Accident
A Rockford based truck driver failed to reduce his speed when approaching a farm tractor on Rt. 154 and the resulting accident threw the victim from the tractor. The victim, Alan Ray Bowers, was hurried to the hospital but died from his injuries. The Illinois State Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident and looking into whether the driver was distracted or fatigued at the time of the incident. Truckers are often driven to violate their hours of service limits because of strict deadlines, and unrealistic expectations passed down from their employers.
This accident exhibits how the slightest delay in reaction time can result in disaster. According to the semi-truck driver, he did not notice Bowers traveling slowly on the right shoulder of the road. Delayed reaction time can be caused by distracted driving, the influence of drugs and alcohol or immense fatigue.
Trucking Companies are as Complicit as Drivers
While it is unacceptable for drivers to skirt the rules, they often do so at the behest of their employers to reduce travel times and delays. Employers will even delay inspections or repairs to keep trucks on the road rather than in the shop. Such acts result in catastrophic injuries that can leave victims maimed for the rest of their lives or, in the very worst cases, cost them their lives.
If you or someone whom you love has been injured or killed in a collision with a truck in Rockford, Illinois, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to schedule a free consultation with one of our Rockford truck accident lawyers. We are passionate about holding large corporations accountable when their greed and disregard for safety causes harm to innocent people and have helped thousands of injured clients recover the compensation needed to pay for their medical bills, out of pocket expenses, ongoing care and pain and suffering due to their accidents. Once we have thoroughly evaluated the details of your trucking injury case, we will be able to advise you on how you should proceed, and we will fight alongside you every step of the way, and if we cannot secure compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.