Commercial trucks may be the most dangerous vehicles on the road. They are big, intimidating, obstructive of your view, and they can cause a great deal of damage in an Illinois truck accident. Because of this, Illinois has strict laws regarding trucking company negligence, some of which are criminal offenses and punishable by law.
Some common types of trucking company negligence include:
- Careless hiring practices;
- Poor training of drivers;
- Inadequate safety equipment;
- Poor maintenance and inspection procedures;
- Failure to properly secure a load; and
- Maintaining schedules that exceed federal regulations.
If you have been injured in an Illinois truck accident that was caused by trucking company negligence, then you may want to get the help of a Chicago personal injury attorney.
The Negligence of Personnel
The greatest dangers of trucking company negligence are caused by human error. Therefore, trucking companies have the task of hiring responsible personnel. By hiring unqualified drivers, or providing them with insufficient training, trucking companies run the risk of causing significant damages in an Illinois truck accident.
To ensure their aptitude for driving commercial trucks, operators are required to complete a course in specialized training. And they should be properly disciplined whenever they violate safety regulations. It is the responsibility of the trucking company to ensure that each driver’s license has not been suspended, revoked, or canceled because of traffic violations, criminal offenses, or any other type of negligence.A trucking company must also submit personnel to random drug and alcohol screening.
If a failure to maintain responsible personnel has resulted in an Illinois truck accident, then you may be able to sue for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
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As a service to the residents of Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and Illinois in general, the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will frequently publish blogs about local accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of Illinois motor vehicle accidents that can result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
— single-car accidents such as SUV rollovers;— accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and — accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, and/or drunk drivers.