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Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

What are truck drivers required to put in logbooks?

Truck companies have a vested interest in their drivers covering as much distance as possible when making their deliveries. Not long ago on this blog we posted about a trucking company that allegedly strong-armed their drivers into falsifying information in their logbooks. The story was written in the aftermath of a spate of fatal truck accidents in the Chicago area.

Many stories you hear or read about truck accidents may make reference to the legal importance of truck drivers providing detailed information about their on-the-road activities through the use of these books. But have you ever wondered what specifically the truckers are required to record?

Determining liability for tour bus accidents has complexities

One of the most cost efficient ways to visit tourist destinations is to travel by tour bus. And while buses generally provide safe transportation, there is always the chance that something unfortunate could happen while out on the road.

Should you ever be injured in a bus accident and have to file an insurance claim or issue a lawsuit, you may find determining liability a bit confusing. This is because there may be various parties involved in the process of providing services for the tour. Liability could be determined by the contractual agreements set up by these parties.

Illinois car accident leaves 3 with critical injuries

Even in the best of circumstances, safely navigating the roadways of Illinois can sometimes be a tricky proposition. However, when someone gets behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants, the chances of a car accident occurring can increase dramatically.

Recently, a two-car collision in the neighborhood of Park Manor resulted in four people getting hurt. A police news affairs officer stated that the incident occurred at around 12:45 one morning.

Different causes attributed to Illinois motorcycle fatalities

The past two decades have seen a significant decrease nationally in automobile crash fatalities. Experts are attributing this good news to the advent of air-bags, sterner laws against drunk driving and an increased use of safety belts. But in Illinois, there is a category of fatal motor vehicle accident that has numbers trending in a less desirable direction. For the past three years, motorcycle fatalities have been at an unfortunately high level.

There could be several factors contributing to this situation. According to a motorcycle safety class administrator, the size of motorcycles sold to the public keeps increasing. He says these larger, more powerful models can be difficult for inexperienced riders to control.

Truck company owner may have contributed to driver fatigue

The truck drivers who populate the Illinois highways have an admittedly difficult task. They must travel through all forms of weather conditions during all hours of the day and night in order to make their deliveries. Given that such arduous working conditions could leave anyone fatigued, they are required by law to dedicate specified amounts of rest to their routines.

The purpose of these requirements is to help ensure that the drivers will not suffer from bouts of fatigue, which could leave them mentally and physically compromised. Only a momentary lapse into drowsiness might cause the occurrence of a truck accident and all the attendant damage and injury it can bring.

Unlicensed operator allegedly causes taxi accident

A taxi cab is one of the most efficient ways to travel through Chicago. Taxi passengers benefit from the convenience of being transported directly to their destination. Not only should taxi drivers be extremely familiar with all available routes from one place to another, they must also be able to traverse those routes safely.

In an effort to reduce the likelihood of taxi accidents, drivers must acquire special licenses which indicate that they have the requisite qualifications for operating a motor vehicle while transporting passengers.

Tour bus accident in national park injures 27

Because Chicago is a hub of commercial travel, you have any number of options available when looking to take a trip. When choosing a way to travel the country on a sightseeing tour, one very attractive option is to take a commercial tour bus. In most cases, the bus is an extremely affordable means of transportation. Also, you don’t have to do the driving; you just find your seat, sit back and ride.

The downside of using a bus service can be that you don’t really know what you’re getting when you pay for your ticket. Commercial vehicle accidents can occur for many reasons, including mechanical failure and human error.

Trucker leaves crash site after allegedly hitting, killing man

It is important for the drivers of big rigs to be ever aware of their surroundings as they travel the roads and highways of Illinois. When a big rig is in motion, it overmatches virtually anything in its path. Even a seemingly minor truck accident, where a semi merely clips another vehicle or a pedestrian, can bring about sudden severe damage or injury. Such an event can be made even worse if the driver of the truck opts to flee the scene of the accident.

Recently, authorities identified the victim of a deadly hit-and-run accident in North Dakota as being a man from Texas.

Loose cargo can cause car accidents

As drivers from Illinois and beyond can tell you, finding yourself in traffic behind a car or truck that has a precariously perched or loose load can be a harrowing experience. Whether you’re tailing an open trailer hauling debris, a big rig carrying loose lumber, or Honda with a mattress shifting around on the roof, it is obvious that you need to put distance between yourself and that vehicle as soon as possible.

Much ink is dedicated to stories and statistics involving either drunk driving or distracted driving. This is justified as both of those hazards are responsible for many of the car accidents that happen on our roadways. But often overlooked is the potential for extreme damage and injury that can occur when objects fall from moving vehicles and onto the road, or even onto other vehicles.

Alleged drunk driver charged in Illinois motorcycle accident

Illinois motorcyclists no doubt know the perils inherent in riding their bikes out on the roadway. With little to no protection from the elements, those who ride cycles must constantly be on their guard whenever they find themselves in proximity to other vehicles. Just a nudge from a car or truck can cause a serious motorcycle accident; therefore drivers who encounter motorcycles on the road need also exercise extreme caution. Sadly, some drivers fail to share the road safely.

Cyclists are especially vulnerable to drunk drivers, whose impairment makes them even more likely to cause havoc on the highway. In Peoria one unfortunate cyclist allegedly crossed paths with a driver, who was reportedly drunk and the results were predictably tragic.