A Driver’s Role in a Truck Accident

Representing Those Injured in Trucking Accidents

The Chicago trucking accident attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in trucking accidents for more than 65 years.

Truck driver error causes most highway accidents

Trucking is a huge industry in the United States, since it is the primary venue for manufacturers and distributors to get their goods to market. Department of Labor statistics indicate that there are more than 680,000 commercial carriers and 1.8 million long-haul, over-the-road drivers. With so many licensed commercial truck drivers on the road, it is not surprising that driver error is responsible for the majority of highway accidents.

Major causes for driver error include excessive speeding, being unfamiliar with the roadway, prescription drug use, fatigue, and stress from the pressure to deliver on time. More importantly, however, a greater number of accidents result from distractions such as texting and cell phone use.

In fact, numerous studies indicate that texting or using a cell phone while driving can be even more dangerous than driving drunk. Many automobile wrecks occur—and thousands of people are injured or killed each year—because drivers divert their attention from the road to operate a mobile device.

As technology advances and cars become equipped with interactive features such as GPS navigators and satellite radio, the risk of accidents and serious injuries will undoubtedly increase. To offset these dangers, in 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a ban—prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while driving. Violators are subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

Our Illinois truck accident attorneys can help

If you suffered injury in a trucking accident as a result of a driver who was texting, talking on a cell phone, or otherwise distracted, you should contact an Illinois truck accident attorney at Phillips Law Offices immediately to discuss your legal rights.

Trucking accident statistics

  • On average, large trucks comprise seven percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the United States.
  • Of the approximate 41,000 Americans killed each year in traffic accidents, nearly 5,000 die as a result of crashes involving large trucks.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 6,000 fatalities and 20 percent of all crashes result from vehicle accidents where truck drivers were distracted.
  • A study by the Transportation Institute at Virginia Tech revealed that truck drivers were 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident while engaging in texting behaviors. 

When you suffer an injury in a truck accident, you need to discuss your case with an experienced Illinois trucking accident attorney who can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses associated with the accident.

Serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for more than 65 years

For experienced, aggressive legal advocates, contact the Illinois truck accident law firm of the Phillips Law Offices for a free consultation. Call us today at (312) 470-6765 or contact us online. We serve the injured and their families throughout Illinois.