Black ice is one of the most dangerous weather hazards Illinois drivers face in the winter. When this type of weather is in the forecast, those who can stay in and off the roads should do so, and trusting your life to commercial drivers is not a good idea either.
In Melrose Park, this past Friday, Dec. 15, a freight train struck a car and pushed it about four blocks. The car was traveling near North 19th Avenue and Main Street when the driver decided to circumvent the crossing gates by going around them. The vehicle ended up near South 15th and Railroad Avenue.
Although no one wants to think about being part of a truck accident, there could come a point when you find yourself in this very position.
Commercial trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be very intimidating when driving alongside one a highway. This intimidation that a car driver may feel when passing one by is for good reason: they can cause a great deal of damage and because of their sheer weight and force, can be fatally dangerous.
As horrible and reckless as it sounds, there are times when a pedestrian is struck by a commercial vehicle, such as a bus. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there are three things you need to do:
You probably already know all about how "black box" data can aid in airplane accident investigations. What you might not know is that all types of vehicles have similar black boxes. Most modern commercial vehicles have at least some type of device to record electronic data. The actual moniker used to refer to these computerized devices is ECM (electronic engine control module) and the information they contain might help with a commercial vehicle accident investigation.
Some say it takes nerves of steel to transport children to school and back safely. School bus operators face many distractions, both inside the vehicle and out on the road.
Police officials in Illinois have more reason to fear commercial vehicle accidents than many other people do. Several years ago, they lost one of their own in a commercial vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer. In honor of their fallen brother, the state troopers now conduct a 24-hour crackdown on commercial vehicles every year.
Last week in Barrington, Illinois, a tractor-trailer rear-ended a pickup truck. Both the driver of the pick-up and a passenger received non life-threatening injuries. However, they were transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington for treatment.
They are huge, heavy, bulky and often unstable. We are talking about commercial vehicles, which can often present a danger on Illinois roadways. Over the years, a great amount of time and effort has gone into determining why these accidents occur. Truck driver fatigue, mechanical failure, pure negligence and many other causes have been uncovered.