While speeding, distraction, use of intoxicating substances and drowsiness are some of the most frequently mentioned factors in truck accidents, there are other issues that need attention. People sharing the road with these large vehicles and those who encounter them in other circumstances need to be aware of the dangers they may face.
Illinois reminds truckers to be up to date on their UCR registration
The Illinois Commerce Commission is cracking down on drivers who do not have their Unified Carrier Registration for 2024. Statistically, truckers who do not have this registration or have committed comparable violations have a greater likelihood of being in a truck crash. They are also prone to having other types of violations. Any deviation in adhering to the requirements to operate a large truck can contribute to accidents with injuries and death.
Illinois has an estimated 38,000 interstate trucks coming in and going out of the state each year. A recent three-day stretch was dedicated to stopping truckers on Interstate 80 and checking that they were following the requirements. In all, 60 trucks were stopped. The ICC handed out 43 citations for vehicles that were overweight, drivers not having the proper credentials, equipment violations and more.
Truck accidents can happen for many reasons and if a trucker is not making sure to follow all the regulations, it can be a major factor as to how it happened. State agencies can only do so much to make sure these truckers are following the law and it is unfortunate that collisions are likely to occur. People who were hurt need to know what avenues are available to them to make a full recovery.
Know what steps to take after a truck crash
With the litany of challenges a person and their family can be confronted with after a truck accident, it is crucial to know how to move forward. That includes getting help with medical costs, aftercare, lost income and how to address their pain and suffering. These cases can be complex and it is useful to be cognizant of the necessary steps to hold dangerous truckers accountable.