Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics in Illinois

Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics in Illinois

Nationally and in the state of Illinois, tractor trailer and 18-wheeler accidents are a significant source of motor vehicle accident injuries and fatalities.  According to recently published statistics:

  • Large truck tractors pulling semi-trailers accounted for 62 percent of the large trucks involved in fatal crashes and 48 percent of the large trucks involved in non-fatal crashes. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
  • 17,000 people suffered from injuries in non-fatal accidents involving large trucks in 2009. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  • Accidents involving large trucks in Illinois accounted for 90 of 593 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2009 and 138 of 627 fatal accidents in 2008. (NHTSA)
  • Deaths caused by accidents involving large trucks generally involve the occupants of passenger vehicles, rather than truck occupants. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

Common causes of tractor trailer accidents in Chicago and Illinois

Common causes of tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, and large truck accidents include driver fatigue, driving too close to other vehicles, mechanical problems, and alcohol abuse.  Often, a number of common factors play a role:

  • Loaded tractor trailers need 20 to 40 percent more distance to brake than passenger vehicles and even more distance when empty.
  • Large trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles and have a taller ground clearance, resulting in greater fatality and injury rates among passenger vehicle occupants.
  • Truck drivers behind the wheel for more than eight hours are twice as likely to be involved in an accident. Also, drivers who violate maximum work hour regulations are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.
  • In 2009, 55 percent of large trucks involved in accidents had at least one mechanical problem in violation of safety regulations and 30 percent had at least one out-of-service problem in violation of safety regulations.

Tractor trailer accident attorneys in Chicago

A tractor trailor accident attorney in Chicago at Phillips Law Offices has extensive experience handling a wide range of truck accident cases, including cases involving accidents between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles as well as tractor-trailers and motorcycles.  We also handle many personal injury cases involving serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and injuries leading to death.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of Illinois and federal trucking laws and common causes of trucking accidents, as well as significant practical experience proving claims in trucking accident cases.

Contact an experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer in Chicago

At Phillips Law Office, we provide free consultations to victims of trucking accidents.  Call us today at (312) 470-6765 or contact us online for a free consultation with one of our Chicago truck accident lawyers.  We serve the injured and their families throughout Illinois.