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Lake County truck accident attorney driver fatigueEvery year, thousands of Americans are severely or fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions involving commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,213 commercial trucks were involved in fatal collisions throughout 2016 alone. This staggering number of commercial trucking fatalities marked a 3% increase in fatal accidents in comparison to the previous year. The rise in fatalities is not limited to one year; over the past seven years, fatal commercial trucking accidents have risen by an incredible 28%. 

With the steady rise in deadly collisions, many believe that commercial trucking companies should do more to determine what is causing these accidents and take steps to prevent them. In a large number of fatal accidents, the collision is caused by truck driver fatigue, which can be the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company.

The Concern of Driver Fatigue 

Throughout the United States, drowsy driving has become a national crisis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40,000 Americans are injured in collisions caused by fatigued drivers every single year. These collisions resulted in a shocking 800 deaths in 2015 alone. With long driving shifts and cargo that needs to be delivered in a timely fashion, it should come as no surprise that commercial truck drivers are some of the most common culprits of drowsy driving. 

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Chicago commercial trucking accident attorneyThroughout 2016 alone, a staggering 4,564 Americans lost their lives in car accidents involving large commercial trucks or buses. Despite the fact that all commercial truck drivers must go through extensive training programs to earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL), trucking companies consistently make poor hiring decisions, fail to adequately train their drivers, and routinely send out trucking fleets with improper maintenance. If a member of your family is injured in a truck accident, it is possible that the injuries were caused by the unsafe operation of the vehicle or the negligence of the truck company. 

Company Negligence and Reckless Truck Driving 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a large percentage of commercial trucking accidents are a result of reckless driving. Nearly 20% of all collisions caused by commercial trucks were due to the truck driver traveling at excessive speeds. Additionally, 16% of commercial truck collisions occurred because the truck driver was using their cell phone while operating their vehicle. In many of these cases, the reckless driving was a byproduct of improper driver training. 

While many commercial truck collisions are the direct fault of the driver, these collisions may have been avoided with increased employee vetting and adequate training programs. Trucking companies are responsible for the training and treatment of their employees, and failing to properly train employees or treating employees unfairly is a direct form of company negligence. The most common forms of negligence include forcing drivers to drive more than the federally legal limit of 14 consecutive driving hours, insufficiently training drivers, and poor vehicle maintenance. 

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Chicago bus accident lawyerOn October 17th, 2018, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus collided with a pole in the South Side neighborhood of Grand Crossing, resulting in injuries to 26 people. In all, 21 passengers were sent to hospitals throughout the city after the bus crashed into a pole on the corner of 71st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Fortunately, no passengers were fatally injured in the accident, but the collision served as a sobering reminder of the risks of public transit accidents. 

Every day, more than 1.5 million people use public transportation throughout the city of Chicago. If you or a family member are injured in a mass transit accident, you should seek out the assistance of a legal professional. 

How Common Are Bus Accidents? 

While most people believe that bus accidents are a traffic anomaly, these types of collisions are fairly common both in Chicago and throughout the United States. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 227 bus crashes that resulted in fatalities throughout the United States in 2016 alone. Tragically, these accidents are seemingly on the rise, as the FMCSA found that the number of fatal collisions involving large trucks or buses has increased by a staggering 28% since 2009. Transit buses accounted for 34% of all fatal bus accidents in 2016. 

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DuPage County motorcycle accident attorneyOn September 9th, 2018, a Lake County Man was fatally injured after his motorcycle crashed on the corner of 16th Avenue and Broadway. The accident reminded everyone in the greater Chicago area of the increased dangers motorcyclists face in motor vehicle collisions. In 2016 alone, 5,286 Americans died in motorcycle accidents. This marked a more than 5% increase in annual fatalities in comparison to the previous year. 

As highway injuries continue to pose problems for law enforcement officials and medical personnel alike, it is important to know where to turn if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision. Finding a legal team you can trust can be paramount in protecting you and your family in the aftermath of an injury. 

Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide 

Tragically, motorcycle fatalities continue to rise throughout the United States. 2016 marked the highest number of motorcycle-related fatalities since 2008. The rise in fatalities can be directly linked to the increased dangers of traveling via motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are approximately 28% more likely to suffer fatal injuries than those traveling by car. So why are motorcycles so dangerous?

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Will County distracted driving car accident attorneyWhen driving, it is important to pay close attention to the road, the vehicles around you, and any factors that may affect the safety of you, your passengers, and other drivers. Unfortunately, drivers are subjected to a wide variety of distractions, and even a momentary lapse in attention can have deadly results. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you should be sure to understand how to take steps to recover compensation for your damages.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

While many people believe they can effectively multi-task and divide their attention between two or more activities, attempting to do so while driving is incredibly dangerous. A driver who takes their attention off the road for even a few seconds is highly likely to fail to notice critical information and react in time to prevent an accident. Every year, distracted driving leads more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries in car accidents across the United States.

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