A 27-year-old driver and his 54-year-old passenger were killed on April 30, 2014 in Illinois after the semi truck they were driving crashed into an overpass on Interstate 64 near New Baden, Illinois. Illinois State Police reported that both men were killed at the scene, and while officials are still investigating the semi truck accident, they have reason to believe that the driver nodded off while behind the wheel.
According to a witness, the truck swerved from left to right before it smashed into the overpass. The semi truck accident caused the westbound lanes of I-64 to remain closed while crews removed debris and wreckage from the truck away from the scene.
Falling asleep while driving is one of the most common causes of semi truck accidents in the U.S. Drivers who are often under pressure from their employers to meet specific scheduling deadlines and those who are not given adequate break and rest times are more likely to fall asleep and risk causing serious or fatal accidents.
Forms of distracted driving, which also cause a number of semi truck accidents, include drinking or eating, talking with passengers, using a navigation system, playing with the volume or changing the station on the radio, grooming, reading books or maps and talking or texting on a cell phone.
In an effort to decrease the number of semi truck accidents in the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently reported several changes to its rules and regulations pertaining to semi truck safety, including the implementation of fines between $2,750 and $11,000 for violations of various rules. According to the agency, semi truck drivers who are traveling at 55 miles per hour and who remove their eyes from the road for 4.6 seconds travel the entire length of one football field in this time.
Those who have been involved in a semi truck accident are urged to consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about pursing a claim for damages. An experienced attorney can help you determine who should be held liable for your injuries as more than one party may be at fault including the driver, the driver’s employer, the manufacturer of the truck, the truck retailer, the owner of the goods on the truck or the owner of the truck itself.
Victims in Semi Truck Accidents May Have Legal Recourse
Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your rights if you or someone you love was injured in a semi truck accident. After we provide you with a free case evaluation, we can help you determine if you have a claim and connect you with an affiliated semi truck accident attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
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