Cook County, IL- Lately, on Capitol Hill, lobbyist have been pushing lawmakers to change the rules and allow the trucking industry to haul double trailers on the nation’s highways. They are getting close to that wish being granted on the national level and some states allow these tandem trailers, but advocates for trucking safety say these vehicles are unsafe. How safe these vehicles are is a matter of debate, but a recent Illinois accident involving a double tractor-trailer (twin 33s) shows the destruction these large vehicles can leave in their wake.
On May 10, 2016, a UPS driver was killed in the Chicago-area when he lost control of his truck and struck a median, according to the WISN-TV. After hitting the center median, reports say that the truck overturned and one of the trailers ended up on the other side if the Tollway.If you are in a truck accident, you could lose your life.
The cab of the tractor-trailer was “demolished” according to NBC Chicago. The crash, which occurred at around 2:30 a.m., tied up traffic on the busy highway through the morning rush hour.
The 61-year-old man driving the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have not determined what caused the truck driver to lose control.
For months, the top brass at UPS and FedEx have been pushing lawmakers to allow them to use double 33’ trailers. The companies allege that utilizing twin 33s will reduce wear on the roads. The Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking told NBC that double 33s will decrease the number of semis on the road, but are double 33s really safe?
“No,” says some safety advocates. They say twin 33s increase a truck driver’s chance of being in an accident by 15 percent. In a letter opposing the use of twin trailers, an alliance of the 15 small trucking companies said double 33s “would have a negative impact on highway safety” and “accelerate wear and tear on the nation’s highway system.” Even the Department of Transportation says there should be no change in the size of trucks allowed on the road.Truck drivers who are injured on the job should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Illinois to guide them through the process of recovering compensation.
Current federal regulations allow tractors to haul tow 28’ trailers, but the trucking industry is working hard to get put bigger trucks on the road and roll back other trucking safety measures. They do so despite an increase in fatal truck accidents. And you and or someone you love can become a victim of lax safety regulations in the trucking industry.
If you are the victim of a twin 33’ or their large commercial truck, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Cook County, Illinois. As a truck accident victim, it is critical you get legal assistance right away because you will be outmatched. A truck driver, the trucking company or insurers, will have representatives whose primary goal will be to limit their liability by keeping the settlement amount you receive as low as possible. You will have to fight to get the compensation you need, and you need someone fighting for you.