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If you have been the victim of a truck accident in the greater Chicago area, you may be asking, “What just happened?” These accidents can occur in an instant, without warning, and sometimes they involve one of the largest types of commercial trucks – the semi-truck or 18-wheeler. These massive vehicles, because of their immense…

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Multi-car collisions are always scary. They’re especially frightening if a tractor-trailer or semi is involved in the accident. When a tractor-trailer rolls over, cargo spills from the trailer, or the trailer strikes a smaller car, all drivers nearby could be at risk. Some drivers slam their brakes to avoid the tractor-trailer. Other drivers try to…

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Operating a tractor-trailer in reverse is one of the most challenging tasks for a truck driver. With blind spots, the weight of the truck, and often no backup cameras like smaller vehicles have, truck drivers need to be incredibly careful when reversing their rigs. Backup accidents involving tractor-trailers are dangerous, and can even be deadly.…

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Although garbage and trash collection trucks generally move more slowly than other vehicles, if you’re involved in an accident with one, you likely won’t come out a winner. The injuries and damages resulting from these encounters can be particularly serious. When determining liability after a garbage truck causes an accident, it mostly depends on who…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) laws for certain truck drivers in the United States by President Donald Trump’s administration. The reason the laws were suspended is understandable; the country relies on the trucking industry to transport goods from manufacturers to retailers. Supermarkets and some retailers are permitted to…

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The injuries that drivers and their passengers sustain in truck accidents are often quite serious. While there are many circumstances that can cause a truck driver to get into an accident with other vehicles, poor maintenance and irregular inspections of the vehicles are common causes. When a truck does not get inspected or undergo regular…

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released its Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report for 2017. The FMCSA gathers data for traffic accidents involving 18-wheelers, tractor trailers and other larger, commercial trucks, commercial buses, and school buses. This annual report reviews and analyzes statistics and reports on how many crashes occurred, how…

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 A truck accident may occur for a variety of reasons. The number one cause, I believe, is driver fatigue: if a driver has been on the road for too long and has not taken necessary breaks or followed federal law which mandates when a truck driver can operate a truck. Federal law requires truckers…

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 If you have been in an accident with a truck, or in a trucking accident, often the trucking company will try to call you immediately after the accident to get what’s called a recorded statement from you. They want to get you on tape as to what happened as soon as possible after the…

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