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Driver Fatigue: Cause of Many Illinois Trucking Accidents

The number one safety problem in the trucking industry today is driver fatigue. Fatigue, tiredness, falling asleep at the wheel — driver fatigue plays a factor in 40 percent of all truck accidents. The combination of driver fatigue, the superior size and weight of big rigs, and highway speed substantially increases the risk of serious injury to motorists on the highways with tractor-trailers.

Despite Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations, the trucking industry continues to ignore or work around the rules regarding how many hours a driver can drive without a rest break and how long that rest break must be. Driver fatigue is the price paid in the interest of making a profit.

But you shouldn't have to pay the price for truck driver negligence when fatigue has caused an accident.

If you or a family member suffered serious injuries in a collision with a semi tractor-trailer or other big rig, it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in not only representing injured people, but also in handling truck accident cases caused by truck driver negligence.

I am personal injury attorney James A. Payonk, Jr. I am a knowledgeable truck accident attorney with 26 years of experience dealing with big rig accidents in negotiations and lawsuits. I know the ins and outs of the industry and know how to get the evidence that the trucking company does not want you to have that will enable you to win your case.

If you were injured in a truck crash, or if a family member was killed in a tractor trailer accident, I encourage you to contact my law office in Chicago or Orland Park, Illinois, or call me at 708-966-2408. I offer a free initial consultation in all personal injury cases.

Representing clients injured in truck accidents is not simply a matter of obtaining information, but also of knowing — through experience — what information to get and how to get it. I can obtain the all-important information to show who has the true responsibility for the crash. This begins with driver's log book and the vehicle's black box recorder.

The truck driver's log book will show what hours the trucker was working and resting. This can, of course, be tampered with in an attempt to bypass federal regulations but when that is the case, it is often possible to reconstruct the actual driving record based on other sources of information.

Talk to an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

For thorough, aggressive legal representation focused on getting you the compensation you need and deserve after a car accident caused by truck driver negligence, contact me online or call 708-966-2408.

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