Accidents involving commercial trucks happen every day throughout Northeast Illinois and the Chicago Metropolitan area. This website provides a variety of resources for better safety driving habits, statistics of commercial truck accidents with injuries and fatalities, and the Illinois rules of the road.
Nearly 400,000 large commercial trucks including 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, delivery vehicles and semi-trucks are involved in serious crashes every year. Below is a list of websites filled with valuable resources and information concerning the hours of service a trucker can drive every day and week, along with safety tips, statistics and ways to make the roads safer for everyone.
Commercial Truck Driver Requirements
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) – This link to a PDF article contains updated information on HOS (hours of service) regulations mandated for commercial drivers to increase public safety. These new regulations were designed to maximize safety regulations over productivity and efficiency. The site outlines the comprehensive analysis of the newly enacted regulations and their impact on road safety nationwide.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – This website run by the US Department of Transportation outlines commercial truck regulations, rulemaking, enforcement, civil penalties and adjudication decisions. It also covers topics including drug and alcohol testing, hours of service, hazardous materials, cargo securement, and other means to increase safety on America’s roadways.
Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) – This website, managed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, outlines common causes of large truck crashes in the U.S. The site details how poor braking, driver fatigue, and the disproportionate weight ratio of a large truck to a small passenger vehicle can increase the potential of the serious truck crash with injuries and fatalities.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – The site links to a variety of webpages focusing on commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement including crash-causing violations (speeding, reckless driving, improper turning, improper lane changing, DWI, etc.). In addition, it details information on consumer motor vehicle traffic law enforcement programs nationwide, to increase public safety.
Commercial Truck Accident Causes
Sharing the Road Safely – This AAA-managed site provides valuable content on truck safety including effective ways to share the road to reduce crashes that involve commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. In addition, the site provides safety tips, truck driving hours of service and common causes of crashes. There is also a downloadable AAA guide for truckers and motorists to share the road safely.
FindLaw.com – This site provides a truck accident overview and common causes of commercial truck accidents. The site contains a wide selection of resources and information concerning commercial vehicle accidents and the law, along with an FAQ section and steps to protect your legal rights after being involved in a truck collision.
Illinois Crash Statistics and Facts – The Illinois Department of Transportation released this comprehensive study of crash data involving pedestrians, motorcycles, passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks. The data includes 2012 Illinois fatalities involving commercial truck accidents based on crash severity, location, gender and age.
Access to Illinois State Police Data – This website, managed by the Illinois State Police, provides access to information through the Freedom of Information Act. This includes crash reconstruction reports, investigative files, field reports, vehicle maintenance records, forensic service laboratory case reports and records along with others. In addition, it also has contact information for obtaining an MCS (motor carrier safety) report.
The Illinois SR 1050C Traffic Crash Report – This traffic crash report, issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation, provides a record of all statewide reported non-motor and motor vehicle accidents including commercial truck collisions. This link pulls up the PDF file containing a detailed description of every part of the report including damaged property information, violations and arrests data along with contributory causes of the accident.
The Illinois DMV – Click this link to gain access to valuable information on steps to take in the event you are involved in an accident in Illinois. The page takes you through the entire process of what to do first, exchanging information and reporting the accident to the state Department of Transportation.
Illinois Compiled Statutes – Click the link here to gain access to the Illinois Vehicle Codes as outlined by the state General Assembly involving commercial motor vehicle operators. This extensive code details laws and penalties for maintaining safety on the highway including transporting hazardous materials and following the Illinois rules of the road.
United States Census Bureau – The link here provides valuable content on nationwide motor vehicle accidents with injuries and fatalities including the number of deaths caused by commercial trucks. The information outlines traffic fatalities by state, and crashes caused by a variety of factors including distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving and others.
Increasing Safety on the Road
Illinois State Bar Association – The Bar Association for the state of Illinois provides insight to attorneys assisting commercial drivers handling a traffic ticket. This site lists valuable tools on safeguarding the driver’s commercial truck license along with their passenger vehicle license to drive their personal cars.
The Chicago Tribune –This link provides you access to a local Chicago Tribune article from 2013 concerning the banning of cell phone use while driving in Illinois. For years, using handheld mobile phones was not allowed in construction and school zones, and now prohibits talking and texting on mobile devices when driving anywhere in the state.
Insurance Information Institute (III) – Click this link for a variety of highway safety tips provided by the Insurance Information Institute on airbag safety, child safety seats, operating vehicles in bad weather, distracted driving and others. The site provides a variety of steps you will need to take if you are the victim of a commercial truck accident.
National Safety Council (NSC) – This road safety-rich website contains valuable information and recommendations on defensive driving, distracted driving, employer traffic safety and driving safely around commercial vehicles. In addition, it provides online training solutions and access to the National Safety Council Library.
Truck Driving Safety Tips – This website links to the learning center managed by American Family Insurance outlining the realities and myths of commercial driving, to increase safety on the roadways. It also links to the National Sleep Foundation listing many of the warning signs and prevention tips involved with drowsy driving.