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Peru Truck Accident Attorney

Truck collisions almost always leave passenger vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists with extremely traumatic injuries due to the size of a semi-truck trailer compared to most other vehicles. The Peru truck accident collision attorneys of Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. help victims collect the damages that they are owed, which can be significant. The one benefit of being injured in a truck collision is the large insurance policy that truck companies carry. This compensation will pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and much more.

Common Causes of Truck Collisions

Most large truck collisions are caused by human error, either due to poor driving, failure to load the truck properly, or failure to maintain the truck and trailer. Below are some of the most common causes of truck collisions:

  • Speeding;
  • Impatient passing or lane changes;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Drowsy driving;
  • Failure to use turn signals;
  • Attempting to “beat” yellow lights;
  • Improperly loaded cargo or overloaded cargo;
  • Defective or unmaintained truck parts (such as brakes, hitches, tires, etc.).

Critical Factors When Large Trucks are at Fault

For crashes caused by the truck driver or the truck itself, the following are the three most common critical events, according to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

  • 32% of large trucks moved out of their lane of travel and into another lane or off the road. An example of this would be falling asleep at the wheel;
  • 29% of trucks lost control due:
    • Going too fast;
    • A shift in the cargo;
    • A vehicle system failure;
    • Poor road conditions; or
    • Another reason; and
  • 22% of trucks rear-ended another vehicle in the same lane.

In 87% of these collisions, the truck operator’s driving behavior was the cause of the collision. 10% of collisions were caused by the vehicle, such as the brakes going out or the cargo shifting, while just 3% of collisions were due to weather-related conditions.

Call Our Peru, Illinois Truck Collision Attorneys Today

One in 10 highway fatalities involves a large truck, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Tens of thousands of drivers are seriously injured, and hundreds of people are killed, right here in Illinois every year by negligent truck operators. For legal assistance in collecting the compensation you need and deserve, do not hesitate to contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Peru truck collision attorneys.

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