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How deadly is truck driver fatigue?

Illinois residents like you share the road with many vehicles of all shapes and sizes. However, some of the most dangerous ones are trucks. We at the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are here to help explain why truck driver fatigue can be so dangerous.

Truck drivers are responsible for massive, heavy and unwieldy vehicles. It takes a lot of concentration and expertise to maneuver them properly and safely on the roads, especially on freeways where everyone is moving quickly and incidents can happen in the blink of an eye. This is exactly why being exhausted can be so deadly. Without a driver's ability to remain fully alert and keep their attention on the road at all times, a single mistake can lead to huge pile-up collisions simply due to the size of these vehicles.

How do safety-related defects affect your car?

As a resident of Illinois who frequently uses a car, you are putting yourself at risk any time you deal with a manufacturing defect. If these defects affect crucial parts of the vehicle, it is considered a safety-related defect, which can lead to potentially devastating crashes and widespread auto recalls.

First and foremost, FindLaw defines what a safety-related defect is. These are defects in certain parts (or even the entirety) of a vehicle that do not meet the safety standards and regulations of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They involve parts that are either crucial to the use of the vehicle, or crucial to the safety of the passengers. For example, steering, lighting and brakes are crucial to vehicle use, while seatbelts and airbags are crucial to safety.

When patients get the wrong blood

When Illinois residents need a blood transfusion, they usually trust that doctors will give them the right type of blood. However, physicians may make a mistake and accidentally give a patient the wrong blood. If this happens, the patient may have an incompatibility reaction.

People all have different blood types and it is important for doctors to make sure patients get the right type. According to the American Cancer Society, a person's immune system may react if the new blood is not the same type, and these reactions can be dangerous. These immune system reactions occur because different people have different antigens in their blood cells. These antigens are not all compatible with each other. For this reason, doctors typically test blood to make sure they know what kind it is before they give it to a patient. 

Brake failure a frequent cause of commercial truck crashes

In terms of size and weight, commercial trucks tend to trump passenger vehicles. As a result, the drivers and passengers in the smaller vehicles typically suffer the most when the two collide. Because it takes so much to stop a large semi-truck, all trucks must have properly functioning brake systems. Regrettably, this is not always the case.

Air brake systems, per Transport Topics, can malfunction on their own, which can lead to serious crashes and associated injuries and fatalities, but they can also malfunction because of a truck driver’s errors. Many truck crashes involving brake failure issues also involve younger, less experienced truck drivers. Today’s trucking companies must ensure their drivers are well-trained and well-informed about how to avoid brake failure issues.

Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

As someone who earns a living working in construction, you may be well aware of the various dangers you face each day when you clock in. You may not, however, realize just how many construction workers lose their lives to the same four causes. Known as construction’s “Fatal Four,” the four top causes of construction worker deaths resulted in nearly 1,000 fatalities in 2017, highlighting a need for enhanced safety protocols in the industry.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, eliminating construction’s Fatal Four could save an estimated 582 construction worker lives every year. Just what are construction’s Fatal Four, and is there anything you or your employer can do to better protect yourself and your colleagues on construction sites?

Illinois' problem with drunk and speeding drivers

Residents in Illinois unfortunately know that every time they get in their vehicles, go out for a bike ride or a walk or even just attempt to cross a street, they face the risk of being hit by a reckless driver. From people who choose to drive while texting or when they are too tired to people to refuse to find other modes of transportation when they want to drink, there seems to be no end to the factors that contribute to so many serious and even fatal accidents on area roads and highways.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding and alcohol continue to claim numerous lives in Illinois. In fact, the number of vehicular fatalities associated with these factors alone increased in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. In 2014, the state lost 302 people at the hands of drunk drivers. In 2017, alcohol was a stated factor in the deaths of 349 people. Excessive speed was a factor in 349 fatalities in 2014 and of 462 fatalities in 2017.

Wrong-way accident on Ill. interstate involves multiple vehicles

Studies by agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have indicated that accidents resulting from a driver traveling the wrong way are relatively rare. Of all the high-speed collisions that occur on divided highways across the United States, wrong-way crashes account for only about 3%. Nevertheless, they are the most likely to result in injury and death. A wrong-way accident north of Farmersville, Illinois, on Interstate 55 resulted in the deaths of two drivers and involved five vehicles altogether, one of them a Megabus carrying 54 passengers. 

A 54-year-old woman was driving southbound in a southbound lane when a northbound vehicle driven by a 36-year-old driver in the wrong lane crashed into her vehicle head-on. The force of the collision propelled the first vehicle sideways into a semi-truck and into another car, coincidentally of the same make. The Megabus then crashed into the first vehicle. 

Fatal Illinois multi-vehicle accident results in charges

A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Effingham County, Illinois, that occurred late Saturday morning had far-reaching consequences. Not only did it claim three lives and send three other people to the hospital, but it also necessitated the closure of all lanes of traffic for several hours. This action essentially trapped motorists who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in their vehicles on the interstate with temperatures outside in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Authorities have since charged a 59-year-old truck driver from Michigan with failure to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash. He was reportedly driving a white tractor-trailer eastbound through a construction zone on I-70 when he allegedly struck the back of a black SUV that had come to a halt in front of him when traffic stopped for an unspecified reason. The force of the collision reportedly propelled the SUV into a black tractor-trailer, which reportedly then struck a fourth vehicle. Though believed to be another tractor-trailer or large truck, the fourth vehicle left the scene after it sustained no damage. The white tractor-trailer came to a halt after striking a concrete dividing wall along the center line. 

Aurora Woman Killed in Car-Bicycle Crash

On July 23, 2019, an Aurora woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle near the intersection of Edgelawn Road and Prairie Street in Aurora. Police say the woman was riding her bicycle home when she was struck and killed in a hit-and-run.

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