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Illinois Truck Accidents by Law Office of Jeff Green

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The weight and size of tractor-trailer trucks means they also carry the potential to cause an incredible amount of damage in a crash. Attorney Jeff Green and his legal team have the experience, knowledge and resources to help with your truck accident claim. We will fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Illinois Truck Accidents by Law Office of Jeff Green

  1. 1. ILLINOIS TRUCK ACCIDENTS Examining Causes of These Crashes and Their Impact on Victims (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  2. 2. BIG VEHICLE = BIG IMPACT Large tractor-trailer trucks carry cargo, but also carry potential hazards on the roads. Truck transport is still one of the most important ways goods are shipped, and trucking is a key factor in commerce and business. We share the road with these vehicles and assume truck drivers are transporting their goods in the safest manner possible. But when things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  3. 3. FAST FACTS ON LARGE TRUCK CRASHES  Every year, more than 100,000 people are injured in crashes involving large trucks in the United States.  When large truck crashes cause fatalities, it’s 10 times more likely to be deadly for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.  Approximately 4,000 people are killed in crashes involving large trucks every year in the United States.  On average in Illinois alone, approximately 90 people lose their lives each year in crashes involving large trucks. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  4. 4. WHY LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS ARE OFTEN SERIOUS The weight and size of tractor-trailer trucks means they also carry the potential to cause an incredible amount of damage in a crash. Tractor-trailers require special licensing and training to operate. They are more difficult vehicles to drive, requiring greater distances than passenger cars to come to a complete stop. When these larger, heavier vehicles are involved, crashes are often more severe. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  5. 5. HOW AND WHY LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN The circumstances of each accident are unique, with different contributing factors including weather, road conditions, and level of traffic on the roads. But the fact is, most crashes are due to human error. People make mistakes. When mistakes are made behind the wheel of a large truck, those mistakes can be especially costly. Let’s examine some of the most common causes of truck accidents… (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  6. 6. DISTRACTED DRIVING Distracted driving has always been a factor in crashes, but its prevalence has grown with the emergence of mobile devices, navigation systems, smart watches, and other gadgets. Even operating the radio or eating while driving can be causes of driver distraction that can lead to a serious crash. When drivers don’t pay full attention to the road ahead, even for just a couple of seconds, there can be disastrous consequences. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  7. 7. DROWSY DRIVING Driver fatigue is a big problem for those in the trucking industry. Driving a truck for hours and hours every day, day after day, year after year, is a very physically and mentally demanding job. Truck drivers are required to operate their vehicles for long distances and long periods of time. Further, the problem is exacerbated if a driver is overweight or has other conditions associated with sleep apnea, which increases fatigue. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  8. 8. SPEEDING While many trucks are equipped with speed limiters (electronic devices that cap the speed of a vehicle), speeding is still one of the major contributors to large truck crashes. Speed limiters can’t cap a vehicle’s speed when posted speed limits are lower than the limiter’s maximum. For example, if a truck is equipped with a limiter that tops out at 63 mph, the truck can still be speeding in a 35 mph zone. Speed limiters also fail to address when someone is driving too fast for the current road or weather conditions. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  9. 9. OTHER FORMS OF RECKLESS DRIVING Drivers of all vehicles can practice bad habits while behind the wheel. Examples of reckless driving practices include:  Quickly and repeatedly veering in and out of lanes  Failing to signal or assure clearance before changing lanes  Following the vehicle ahead too closely  Failure to slow down to posted speeds in construction zones. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  10. 10. EXAMPLES OF SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAVY TRUCK ACCIDENTS If you are involved in a crash with a large truck, there can be catastrophic injuries with devastating consequences, including:  Traumatic brain injuries  Back or spinal injuries  Complex and multiple bone fractures  Amputations/loss of limbs  Burns  Internal organ damage. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  11. 11. LEGAL OPTIONS FOR CRASH VICTIMS When someone is injured by a negligent truck driver, they can file a personal injury claim to seek the compensation they deserve. These cases are much more complex than crashes that only involve passenger vehicles because of the numerous rules that apply specifically to commercial vehicles. These rules can vary by state, so finding an attorney who has experience with truck accidents in your state is very important to your case. (309) 699-0111 www.jeffgreenlaw.com
  12. 12. CONTACT JEFF GREEN TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Illinois, contact the law office of Jeff Green to schedule a free consultation. Our firm has years of dedicated experience in Illinois truck accidents and in helping clients obtain the compensation they deserve when they are involved in a truck crash. Office Phone: (309) 699-0111 Location: 316 SW Washington St. Unit 1A Peoria, IL 61602 Email: jgreen@jeffgreenlaw.com

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