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Truck Fatalities

Chicago Wrongful Death Truck Accident Attorneys

It is the call no one wants to receive. The visit everyone dreads. The moment when you are told your beloved family member is gone forever. You never thought it would happen to you, until you got that call.

Forget what you know about traditional lore of trucking like Smokey and the Bandit. Nowadays we are more to associate trucking with a tragic story on the evening news.

You never thought it would happen to you, until you get that call. Now, you want to know why and how this could happen to you.

Unfortunately, you are not alone.

Understanding Truck Fatalities

Truck FatalitiesIn Illinois 9.5% of all fatal accidents involve a truck. In the US in 2013, 2410 passenger vehicle occupants died in trucking crashes compared to only 586 truck occupants.

Why the discrepancy between passenger and truck occupant deaths?

It is because semi-trucks are on average 20-30 times heavier than your average passenger vehicles. The additional height of trucks means that the majority of those who died in an accident generally went underneath the truck cab.

With the average truck weighing up to 26,000 pounds, most occupants do not stand a chance.

What is even scarier is that 66% of all fatal truck accidents happen in broad daylight in rural areas. While it would seem that a lot of truck accidents happen in the city, the reverse is true.

That is because in rural areas, trucks and cars move faster. With endless landscapes passing by, they let down their guard. That is exactly when accidents are more likely to take place.

How could this happen?

Speaking of drivers letting their guard down, statistics indicate that 32% of all truck accidents are due to some form of driver negligence.

10.9% of trucker fatalities were due to drivers not staying in their lane. Another 6.1% come from inattentive drivers, while only 4.3% of all truck related accidents are due to alcohol or drugs.

Finally, drivers today are pressured to the point where they cannot keep up with the job requirements.

The 2011 FMCSA act dictated that drivers cannot spend more than 11 hours per day driving. Furthermore, their entire workday is maxed out at 14 hours.

While the idea here was to help reduce these problems, it forced companies to pressure drivers to go farther in less time.

That is probably why 4.8% of fatal accidents happen because of speeding, and another 4.0% fail to yield at red lights and stop signs. They are too focused on getting their shipments on time, and not thinking about traffic safety laws.

Additionally, the new pressure is why truck driver turnover hovered around 87% in the second quarter of this year.

Scarily, this is an improvement from 2013 when the turnover rate was 97%.

All of this turnover has forced trucking companies to hire more and more inexperienced drivers who are not able to handle the pressure or the vehicle they drive.

To drive a truck today, a new driver needs to pass the 2-4 week CDL class and have a clean record. That is, it!

Circling back to how could this happen? Combine an overwhelming work load with new laws and an inexperienced fleet of truckers you can understand why driver negligence accounts for 32% of all truck accidents.

What can you do if you’ve lost a loved one in a Chicago truck crash?

Having to deal with a death in your family due to a truck fatality is unthinkable. Something no family should have to go through. That is why it is also necessary to make sure this does not happen to other families. You deserve justice.

That is what we do at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.

We guide families through a byzantine maze of paperwork and procedures designed to scare away most consumers in the best of situations.

However, we know that at the end of this process we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve for your loss.

If you recently experienced the loss of a family due to a trucking accident, please reach out to us at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at 888-424-5757 for a free consultation.