Driver fatigue, distracted driving and excessive speed are all common causes of truck accidents that occur on Illinois highways. Driving while impaired, operating a poorly maintained vehicle or traveling too fast for road conditions may also increase a person’s risk of causing a car accident to occur.
Tired drivers are more likely to make mistakes
When you’re tired, it’s harder to process information in a timely manner. In some cases, you may be totally oblivious to the fact that a person, animal or object has crossed your vehicle’s path. Signs of fatigue include excessive yawning, an inability to maintain your lane and difficulty remembering landmarks that you’ve just passed.
You can’t focus on two things at once
Distracted driving is dangerous because the human brain cannot focus equally on two things at the same time. Therefore, if you’re talking to a passenger, you’ll be less aware of what is going on outside of your vehicle. The same is true if you’re using your cellphone for any reason, eating while your vehicle is in motion or simply getting lost in your thoughts.
Defective vehicles are harder to control
A vehicle that has old, worn or otherwise defective brakes has a longer stopping distance than one with brakes that function properly. If a vehicle has bald tires, it could need more room to come to a complete stop. Generally speaking, the driver of a vehicle that was not adequately cared for will be held financially responsible in the aftermath of a truck accident. An attorney may be able to help you obtain evidence to bolster your assertion that the defendant failed to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
If you are hurt in a truck accident, it may be in your best interest to hire legal counsel. An attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation to pay for medical bills, recoup lost future earnings or replace property that was damaged in the accident. Compensation may be obtained through a settlement or after a trial.