Common Causes of Illinois Truck Accidents

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Common causes of Illinois truck accidents

Devastating truck accidents claim thousands of lives each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,066 fatalities occurred as a result of truck accidents in 2008 alone. Although both government agencies and the companies that depend on trucking have attempted to reduce the frequency of truck accidents, these deadly crashes still result in far too many casualties. In fact, one in nine traffic fatalities involve one or more trucks. Moreover, roughly 5,000 trucks are involved in fatal accidents each year.

Our knowledgeable Illinois truck accident lawyers can help

The experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers at Phillips Law Offices know that some of the most common causes of truck accidents include the following:

  • Jackknives occur when a large truck skids, causing the trailer to swing out and form a 90-degree angle with the cab. A jackknife causes the driver to lose control of the truck and creates an extremely dangerous situation.
  • Tire blowouts result when tire tread becomes worn or old, which leads to a rupture that causes the truck to veer out of control.
  • Rollovers typically happen when a truck is speeding, especially around a corner or a bend in the road. A rollover can also occur when a tire goes off the pavement and a driver tries to return to the road. Once the truck begins to roll, it is completely out of control, posing a mortal threat to anything or anyone caught in its path.
  • Underrides occur when a passenger vehicle behind a truck smashes into the trailer and its momentum carries it underneath the truck.. If there is enough force in the collision, it can result in destruction of the car and passengers.
  • Low tire pressure results when tires are not fully inflated, which leads to overheating, tread failure, sidewall failure, and eventual blowout. Under-inflated tires make for longer stopping distances and will skid longer on wet surfaces. Analysts point to under-inflated tires as a likely cause of many SUV rollover accidents.

If you are the victim of a wheel blowout, jackknife accident, or trucking accident of any variety, you need legal assistance from our Illinois trucking accident law firm right away.

Truck accidents lead to serious injuries

Truck accidents often lead to serious and often life-threatening injuries, including:

  • Injuries to the neck
  • Spinal injuries
  • Injuries to the back
  • Coma
  • Concussion
  • Broken legs
  • Death
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia

If you or a loved one suffers injury in an Illinois trucking accident, you should speak with an experienced trucking accident attorney who will help you maneuver through the complex legal system to ensure that you get the help you need.

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