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Fatigued truckers might cause serious accidents

As you are driving along on the Dan Ryan or the Eisenhower, you know that the semitrucks pose a risk, especially since hardly anyone sticks to the speed limits here. What you might not realize is that some truckers -- those who are fatigued -- pose a special risk to drivers on these highways and other roads in Chicago.

Fatigued truckers are a serious safety hazard. They can't react to the happenings on these roads like they should. When they cause an accident, the people who suffer injuries might choose to seek compensation. The cause of the fatigue can come into the picture at that point since the party who caused the fatigue might also be held liable for the damages.

Trucking companies can sometimes contribute to trucker fatigue because they don't allow the truckers enough time to rest. The push to be the fastest delivery service can mean that the deadlines are very tight, which might be dangerous. If that contributed to the accident, the trucking company might be held liable.

Truckers might also suffer fatigue because of lack of sleep, highway hypnosis, driving in familiar areas or other factors. In these cases, you might have to hold the trucker and the insurance company liable for the damages. If the fatigue was caused by a stuffy cab because of a malfunctioning air conditioner or something similar, that might be taken into consideration too.

It can often take considerable time to determine the root cause of the fatigue. You mustn't waste time in getting your case moving forward. You have to have plenty of time to look at each possible cause of the crash so that you can go from there.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Accidents & Fatigue," accessed April 07, 2017

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