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What To Do After a Truck Accident in Chicago

Published on Sep 15, 2023 at 9:52 pm in Truck Accidents.

What To Do After a Truck Accident in Chicago
Do you know what to do after a truck accident in Chicago? Those involved in collisions with commercial vehicles should remember to take a few important steps. These steps can keep you and other vehicle occupants safe, and can also protect your right to obtain compensation for your truck accident injuries.

If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago or the state of Illinois, Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys is on your side. Contact our office to learn more about how we may be able to help.

How Long Does a Semi-Truck Take To Come To a Full Stop?

Published on Dec 23, 2022 at 7:49 pm in Truck Accidents.

How Long Does a Semi-Truck Take To Come To a Full Stop
How many times have you been riding down the interstate and had a fellow driver cut in tight on you? Most of us have had this happen. These errant drivers count on us to be able to quickly apply our brakes to avoid striking them.  Fortunately, when some drivers choose cut in front of others, most passenger cars operators are able to avoid a collision when this happens.

For commercial truck drivers, however, it’s a much different story. Semi-trucks simply can’t come to a full stop as quickly as passenger cars. Let’s look at the details as to why this is true:

What Types of Injuries Result in Car vs. Truck Crashes?

Published on Aug 26, 2022 at 7:15 pm in Truck Accidents.

What Types of Injuries Result in Car vs. Truck Crashes?
When a 40-ton commercial tractor-trailer collides with a one-ton passenger car, the results are often catastrophic. The injuries that result from car vs. truck crashes can cause death or lifelong impairment. In many cases, a person’s life is cut tragically short by this type of vehicle accident.

When both a large truck and a small car are involved, it is almost always the occupants of the smaller vehicle who suffer the worst outcomes. For all two-vehicle collisions involving a semi-truck and a smaller car, 97% of those killed are occupants of the small car, not the large commercial truck.

Are Speed Governors Effective at Reducing Truck Accidents?

Published on Aug 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm in Truck Accidents.

Are Speed Governors Effective at Reducing Truck Accidents
If you’ve spent any time at all behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, you’ve probably encountered your fair share of tractor-trailers that are traveling much too fast on the interstate. There are many reasons that truck drivers choose to speed, including pressure from employers, tight deadlines, and even a sense of boredom or fatigue and wanting to push themselves to the next stop.

Speeding is never safe, though. Truck drivers, in particular, must be especially aware of their speed, as large trucks take much longer to come to a full and complete stop after a driver first applies the brakes. Large commercial trucks are much more susceptible to speed-related crashes than smaller passenger vehicles.

What Are the Dangers of Drowsy Driving?

Published on Jun 15, 2022 at 8:24 pm in Truck Accidents.

What Are the Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Many of us have gotten behind the wheel of a car when we were probably too tired to do so. It often happens because someone picks up an extra shift at work, stays up late studying for a test or working on a project, or when an emergency arises.

If you’ve ever driven while tired, you might have initially felt a sense of adrenaline when you first got behind the wheel. You may have assumed that you could keep up the momentum.

Not seeing any other cars on a poorly lit stretch of a 2-lane highway or sparsely trafficked interstate may quickly zap any remaining energy out of you, making it nearly impossible to hold even one eye open.

What Are the Most Common Trucking Violations?

Published on Apr 5, 2022 at 1:53 pm in Truck Accidents.

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Trucking routes that weave back and forth across our nation make up the very fabric of American culture. The service truck drivers and companies provide is indispensable to the way we live our lives every day. But the roads truckers use to do their job are the same ones the rest of society uses to go to work, drop their kids off at school, run errands, and visit friends and family. This means that 40-ton tractor-trailers regularly travel alongside, in between, and around vehicles up to 30 times smaller in weight—not to mention motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

What Are the Requirements When a Truck Breaks Down?

Published on Feb 25, 2022 at 8:37 pm in Truck Accidents.

trucks parked on the side of the road

Truck drivers need to be prepared for all kinds of situations. Since they are highly trained and have to follow specific requirements while on the road, there’s a lot of information that they need to stay up to date on to ensure they are always following the rules. Extremely important rules truck drivers need to follow include the requirements for what to do when their truck breaks down. These rules are intended to keep the truck driver, other motorists, and everyone around as safe as possible in the event of a breakdown.

Illinois Trucking Overloading Regulations

Published on Nov 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm in Truck Accidents.

Trucker on road with truck ahead of them

Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys has successfully represented numerous victims of accidents involving commercial trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers. The following article is intended to provide information about truck overloading requirements, limits, penalties for violation, and impact on road safety in the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago.

Why Are Jackknife Truck Accidents So Dangerous?

Published on Sep 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm in Truck Accidents.

Point of view from driver seeing two lanes of traffic with trucks

If you were involved in a truck accident and are planning on pursuing legal action to seek compensation for your losses, one important consideration is the type of trucking accident you were in. Determining the type of crash that happened is crucial to the presentation of your case.  Most types of crashes are categorized by the angles at which the two vehicles first collided.

Jackknife truck accidents, which happen when the trailer of a truck swings out past the cab, are a type of common tractor-trailer accident. The name comes from the fact that when the trailer swings over, this leaves the truck in a jackknife or “V” shape since the two parts are still connected. These types of accidents are incredibly dangerous and have the potential to result in serious or even fatal injuries. There are a number of reasons as to why jackknifes are so dangerous, which is what we’ll take a look at below.

School Bus Safety Tips for Chicago Drivers

Published on May 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm in Truck Accidents.

Yellow school bus

Many children rely on the school bus to get to and from school. Illinois has enacted school bus safety laws to protect those children. When negligent drivers break the law regarding school buses, they may cause an accident and cause serious injuries to children. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident, the Chicago injury attorneys at Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys are here to hold irresponsible drivers accountable.

Before learning more about how we can help you, let’s take a look at the school bus laws in Illinois and the unique situations Chicago drivers should be aware of when they encounter a school bus on the road.

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