When a truck driver gets behind the wheel of a semi-truck he or she has a great responsibility to be cautious and careful on the road. Of course, anyone who drives any kind of vehicle needs to obey the laws and use caution. However, because of the size of their vehicles, truck drivers need to be especially cautious and adhere to all safety rules and regulations, including driving hour limits. When a truck driver fails to adhere to all of these rules, and causes an accident that leaves someone injured or killed, he or she should be held responsible.
The driver of a semi-truck that was convicted of operating a commercial vehicle in a fatigued state has been sentenced for his crimes. According to reports, the 47-year-old driver was sentenced to three years behind bars after the crash he caused killed a toll way worker and critically injured an Illinois state trooper. The truck driver, who slammed his vehicle into several parked cars on the shoulder of the freeway, was also convicted of several other crimes, including two counts of failure to comply with hours of service requirements and one count each of failure to yield to emergency vehicles and driving too fast for conditions.
The officer who was hurt in the crash was reportedly unhappy with the sentence. He felt that the truck driver should have been punished much more severely and charged with a more serious crime instead of fatigued driving. The trooper said that the driver knew he should not be driving. There were no reports as to whether or not either of the victims’ families had filed any kind of personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver.
At the Law Office of Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC, we handle personal injury cases involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. These kinds of accidents are not always black and white. While the driver may ultimately be responsible for the accident, there are many other possible factors to consider. For example, was their some kind of technical or mechanical failure in the truck? Also, did the trucking company obey all the rules and regulations involving driver hours and training? These and other important questions need to be considered before moving forward with a case. That’s why it’s important to contact our office as soon as possible if you have been injured in a truck accident in Chicago. Click here or call us at 312-339-8816.
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