Causes of Truck Accidents Lawyers Edwardsville IL
Truck Accident Injury Attorneys in St. Clair and Madison Counties
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,000 trucks were involved in crashes across the United States in 2006 every day. An 18-wheeler has a size and weight advantage in a collision with a car, injuring or killing car drivers and passengers 75 percent of the time. Negligence is one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a semi, you have the right to pursue money damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our investigators look for causes of truck accidents so that we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. For a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney at Walton Telken, contact our Edwardsville office today. Appointments are also available for our offices in Edwardsville and St. Louis.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Illinois interstate highways are crowded and becoming even more congested. Many truckers are expected to deliver goods on a very tight schedule, making it tempting for truckers to cut corners on safety and speed to their delivery destinations.
Rest breaks may be skipped or shortened in order to get to St. Louis on time. Some drivers take over-the-counter caffeine tablets to avoid driver fatigue, while others rely on illicit drugs such as cocaine to stay alert.
The accident investigators at Walton Telken examine many causes of driver negligence, including:
- Failing to look out for motorists
- Crossing into another lane
- Failing to maintain brakes and other safety equipment
- Driving aggressively, including speeding and cutting people off
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Overloading the tractor trailer
- Failing to secure cargo
Our attorneys are familiar with Department of Transportation restrictions and regulations. As we investigate causes of truck accidents, we request a copy of the driver’s log book and his or her GPS unit, also called the black box. This will tell our investigators how many hours and how many miles the driver spent over the road that day.
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Pursuing Compensation for Your Injuries
Truck accident injuries tend to be catastrophic, requiring significant healing and rehabilitation time. To schedule a free initial consultation with a qualified personal injury lawyer, contact us today. We represent clients in Eastern Missouri and Southern and Southwestern Illinois.