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Joliet, IL motorcycle crash attorneyThe warm weather has finally arrived in Illinois after a long, cold winter, and this is welcome news for motorcycle enthusiasts. Every year, the month of May is designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, serving as an important reminder to motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles of important safety habits they should follow to minimize the risk of being involved in a motorcycle crash.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

At one time, only “bikers” in gangs drove motorcycles. That has significantly changed over the past several decades, and currently, women and men from all walks of life own motorcycles and enjoy riding. It is estimated that more than 13 million motorcycles are registered in the United States. While they account for less than 5 percent of the number of registered vehicles on the road, they make up for about 15 percent of all traffic deaths each year, and motorcycle accidents result in the death of approximately 5,000 victims. Another 90,000 victims are injured, many of them seriously.

National statistics show that 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries or death. A rider on a motorcycle is 29 times more at risk of suffering fatal injuries in a crash than occupants in a passenger car accident. These high numbers are due to the lack of protection a person on a motorcycle has when a bike is struck by another vehicle. Tragically, the number of riders who are injured or killed in motorcycle crashes keeps increasing each year.

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Joliet truck accident attorneySince they transport goods and supplies such as food, truck drivers are considered essential workers and have been working throughout the past year despite COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns. In many cases, truckers have been working hard to deliver critical PPE or medical supplies to hospitals overwhelmed by the number of coronavirus patients. With increased pressure to deliver products in a timely manner, delivery drivers and trucking companies in general may not be adhering to protocol in regards to their hours of service. Failure to follow rules for driving can lead to tired drivers who then cause truck accidents.     

FMCSA Safety Act

Commercial truck drivers in Illinois must have a special license to operate such large vehicles. Individuals who are 18 or older can obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) after successfully passing written and driving skills tests. In addition, drivers must already have a valid Illinois driver’s license and pay a fee for the CDL. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration Safety Act (FMCSA) established specific safety guidelines for truck drivers to ensure that they get adequate rest and do not drive for too many consecutive hours. Here are a few of the Hours of Service (HOS) guidelines for a CMV driver:

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Joliet car accident attorneyDriving can be dangerous anytime someone gets behind the wheel. Various factors such as weather, road conditions, car maintenance, and driver behavior can all impact the chances of an accident. However, studies show that certain times of the day have a greater risk of being involved in a vehicle collision. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), car accident fatality rates are three times higher for nighttime drivers compared to daytime drivers. There are several reasons for these statistics, and those who are hurt in a vehicle crash should be aware of the factors that can impact their personal injury cases.  

Factors of Nighttime Driving

Certain issues that can contribute to the likelihood of a nighttime car accident may be related to the environment, while others are the direct result of driver actions or behaviors that happen more frequently in the late-night hours. It is important to note that low-light conditions can significantly compromise a driver’s depth perception and peripheral vision.

Common factors that can impact night driving include:

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Joliet personal injury lawyerWinter is upon us, which means frigid air as well as snow, wind, ice, and sleet can be found covering the roads in Illinois. Venturing out can be treacherous, whether walking or driving. After significant snow accumulation, roadways should be plowed in order for drivers to travel safely. In addition, putting salt on icy roads can prevent slipping and sliding. If local streets or highways are not designed or maintained properly, black ice can form, which can cause a car accident. If you or your loved one suffer injuries in a crash that involved black ice, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages depending on the circumstances that led up to the accident. 

What Is Black Ice?  

Black ice, also known as clear ice, is a thin coating or glaze of ice on a hard surface, most often found on roads. Although the ice is not black, it appears transparent, which means the black road or pavement below can often be seen through it. Typically, snowflakes and even ice pellets or slush are visible on sidewalks or streets. However, black ice means that the surrounding areas are practically invisible to drivers or people walking on it. Therefore, pedestrians and motorists alike do not have the traction they normally would on dry surfaces. 

Driving for the Conditions  

There are certain driving behaviors and actions that can contribute to a vehicle collision on black ice. Since drivers may not realize they are traveling on black ice until they start to slide, it is often too late to brake or stop. The loss of traction can occur even when going at slow speeds. But when motorists are going over the posted speed limit, the consequences can be catastrophic. A driver can quickly lose control once the car’s wheels hit the black ice, causing it to swerve into a nearby lane or even oncoming traffic. This can directly lead to side-impact, rear-end, or head-on collisions. A vehicle may even strike a concrete median, building, light pole, or pedestrian, which can result in serious to fatal injuries. 

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Joliet car accident lawyerTrucks are commonplace on our nation’s highways, and they are essential in transporting goods across the country. Every motorist who operates a vehicle has a responsibility to drive safely and defensively in an effort to avoid causing or being involved in an accident. Trucks can vary in size, from pickup trucks to box trucks to 18-wheelers. Semi-trucks can be prone to a particular type of accident depending on the driver, weather conditions, and other drivers around them. A rollover accident occurs when a truck flips over on the side of the road. This type of accident can be especially dangerous because the commercial truck can hit numerous other vehicles in the process, causing serious to life-threatening injuries. Depending on the circumstances, a victim can file a personal injury claim against one or more negligent parties for their damages. 

Actions That Increase the Risk of a Rollover 

There are many factors that can cause a truck rollover accident, and this kind of crash often results in devastating consequences for the truck driver and other motorists on the road. The following are a few reasons that a truck rollover accident can occur: 

  • Reckless driving: Speeding or distracted driving all have been shown to increase the chance of an accident. Limits on how fast vehicles can travel on the roadways are put in place to reduce the chance of a crash. Traveling over the posted speed limit can cause a driver to lose control, leading to a truck tipping over and rolling on its side, possibly crushing other cars or pedestrians in its path. Talking, texting, or looking at a cell phone as well as eating, drinking, or adjusting a radio or GPS can all take a truck driver’s eyes off the road.

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