Truck Accident Attorneys Belleville

The thoroughfare where metropolitan St. Louis meets southwestern Illinois has some of the busiest highways in the United States for freight and trucking. Because these highways are near major cities, it is likely accidents involve people in cars and other vehicles just going about their day.

Major injuries, including death, can result from serious accidents with semi trucks and tractor trailers, so having a trusted personal injury attorney you can call is essential.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious trucking accident, the Belleville truck accident attorneys at Nelson and Nelson can help. With experience serving clients in Illinois and Missouri, our team will dedicate the time and resources you need to see that you receive the right compensation after your accident injury.

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Common Truck Accident Causes

Driver Fatigue

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), you are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued. Because truck drivers often go several hundred miles a day with few stops to rest, they are more likely to suffer from fatigue compared to other drivers.

Signs of driver fatigue may include:

  • Frequent yawning
  • Inability to keep eyes open
  • Having trouble keeping your head up while driving (“nodding off”)
  • Difficulty remembering the last few miles you drove
  • Missing road signs or turns you need to make to get to your destination
  • Difficulty maintaining the correct speed
  • Drifting out of your lane to either side

Taking plenty of breaks and get enough sleep is integral, so if you notice a truck driver doing any of these things on the road, stay as far away as possible and call the police. You may just safe your life, their life, and the lives of other drivers.

Driver Alcohol/Drug Use

While most of us likely hope that professional semi truck drivers play it safe on the roads and avoid taking substances that might impair their driving, it can happen.

Accidents as a result of impaired driving can lead to both criminal and civil penalties, and truck drivers are likely to lose their jobs as a result of making the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a big rig while impaired.

As with seeing a driver who looks visibly tired or is driving erratically, if you see someone on the road behind the wheel of a commercial truck acting suspiciously, call the police.

Poor Driver Training

A driver’s ability to react quickly and practice defensive driving often boils down to their past training. Unfortunately, that can mean that, should they lack the adequate training necessary to operate their truck, the possibility of an accident increases.

Most licensed trucking companies require certain licensing in order for their employees to operate their vehicles. Continuing education courses and training can also help them avoid accidents and reduce hazards.

Most trucks have numbers on the back of them that you can call to report unsafe behavior, so if you have already called and reported someone driving unsafely, you may also be able to call the number on their truck. Be sure to have their license plate number ready if you were able to get it in a safe way on the road, such as pulling over to write it down or having a passenger in your vehicle write down the information for you.

Poor Truck Maintenance

The state of the truck can be a linchpin of safety in certain circumstances. Regular tire maintenance, oil level checks, and other equipment inspections can ensure the vehicle is in proper working order before drivers hit the road.

Trucks with over or under-inflated tires; worn out tires; poor fluid levels; and worn down internal mechanisms are a hazard to the driver and others around them. If this equipment fails, the driver, the manufacturer, and the company that owns the equipment may be subject to personal injury lawsuits, depending on the circumstances of the accident.

To avoid having truck maintenance be a contributing factor in an accident, the vehicle needs to have recently had service. Many trucking companies keep a running log for the type of maintenance the vehicle has received. This reduces the likelihood of equipment failures, keeps drivers safe on the road, and reduces the odds that they will be involved in an accident resulting from poor vehicle maintenance.

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Distracted Driving

Trucking companies have high standards for their drivers, and this includes safety rules such as avoiding distracted driving practices like talking on the phone or texting while driving. However, other things can also distract drivers such as:

  • Wandering thoughts
  • Loud music
  • Eating while driving
  • Moving objects inside the vehicle, such as pets or insects
  • Lighting or putting out a cigarette, or actively smoking
  • Adjusting something in the vehicle such as temperature controls, mirrors, seat belts, and other controls or devices

In order to avoid becoming a statistic and causing a trucking accident, truck drivers must remain engaged driver. They should avoid having music up too high and make sure they smoke or drink when they are not behind the wheel. These simple but important practices can keep them and others safe on the roads.

Overtaking/Overspeeding Drivers

Drivers that suddenly speed up on other vehicles and either tailgate them or cause others to move over can increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

All drivers should follow the posted speed limit signs, but truck drivers may not if they are trying to make up for lost time and drive too fast. Likewise, drivers in cars may think they can stop suddenly or pull in front of large trucks because they are used to the way smaller vehicles operate. Because of the speed these large vehicles can go, and the delayed ability to stop such large vehicles have, doing either of these practices can lead to severe accidents.

Be a smart driver and avoid stopping suddenly in front of trucks, and always follow speed limit signs. If a truck is coming up quickly behind you, move over safely as soon as possible to avoid them overtaking you.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Belleville, IL

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident and needs help, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact Nelson and Nelson today at (618) 277-4000 to schedule your free case evaluation.

belleville truck accident attorneys

Distracted Driving

Trucking companies have high standards for their drivers, and this includes safety rules such as avoiding distracted driving practices like talking on the phone or texting while driving. However, other things can also distract drivers such as:

  • Wandering thoughts
  • Loud music
  • Eating while driving
  • Moving objects inside the vehicle, such as pets or insects
  • Lighting or putting out a cigarette, or actively smoking
  • Adjusting something in the vehicle such as temperature controls, mirrors, seat belts, and other controls or devices

In order to avoid becoming a statistic and causing a trucking accident, truck drivers must remain engaged driver. They should avoid having music up too high and make sure they smoke or drink when they are not behind the wheel. These simple but important practices can keep them and others safe on the roads.

Overtaking/Overspeeding Drivers

Drivers that suddenly speed up on other vehicles and either tailgate them or cause others to move over can increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

All drivers should follow the posted speed limit signs, but truck drivers may not if they are trying to make up for lost time and drive too fast. Likewise, drivers in cars may think they can stop suddenly or pull in front of large trucks because they are used to the way smaller vehicles operate. Because of the speed these large vehicles can go, and the delayed ability to stop such large vehicles have, doing either of these practices can lead to severe accidents.

Be a smart driver and avoid stopping suddenly in front of trucks, and always follow speed limit signs. If a truck is coming up quickly behind you, move over safely as soon as possible to avoid them overtaking you.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Belleville, IL

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident and needs help, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact Nelson and Nelson today at (618) 277-4000 to schedule your free case evaluation.