Eighteen percent of truck accidents are rear-end collisions and are usually caused by tailgating.

Eighteen percent of truck accidents are rear-end collisions and are usually caused by tailgating.

DuPage, IL- An Illinois truck driver was accused of following too closely in Mid-July and causing a collision that left one person dead. Such deadly collisions give rise to questions such as: How common are rear-end collisions? How much distance should a truck driver leave between them and an auto? What are typical causes of rear-end accidents?

According to WDNU, the accident occurred on Friday, July 15th, on the Indiana Toll Road around. The TV station reports that a line of traffic had stopped in a work zone when an Illinois truck driver failed to stop and struck the rear of another tractor-trailer. That tractor-trailer then slammed into the rear of a two passenger vehicles, one of which was pushed under the back of a tractor-trailer.

WDNU reports that one person was killed and the at-fault truck driver was cited for following too closely.

Following too closely, or tailgating as it is commonly known, is very dangerous in a tractor-trailer as the above accident demonstrates. Unfortunately, it is a common practice for drivers of cars and tractor-trailers, because too many drivers don’t know what is a safe distance to leave between them and another vehicle.

If you have been rear-ended by a commercial truck in DuPage, you need to speak with a truck accident lawyer and determine what you need to do next. USAttorneys can help you get in touch with a local lawyer who understands the complexities of truck accidents.

Fatigue, inattention, and failing brakes are also frequent causes of rear-end crashes.

So, what is a safe traveling distance? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says “if you are driving below 40 mph, you should leave at least one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length.” That equates to roughly four seconds between a tractor-trailer and leading vehicle, and for speeds of 60 mph, a truck driver should allow an additional second.

While tailgating is a frequent cause of rear-end collisions, there are other causes that all motorists should be aware of for their safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration those causes include:

  • Headlights or turn signals not working properly.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Improperly working or worn out brakes.
  • Fatigue or inattention.

How common are rear-end collisions? Out of the approximately 400,000 truck accidents that occur in the U.S. each year, 18 percent are rear-end collisions.

Victims of truck accidents face thousands upon thousands in accident-related costs.

Sometimes a rear-end accidents involving commercial trucks are minor, but they can also be devastating, forever changing a victim’s or a survivor’s life. The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks increase the chances of a truck accident victim suffering a catastrophic injury such as a spinal injury, brain injury or broken bones. The costs of these injuries add up quickly, so victims need someone on their side who can ensure the at-fault parties cover those costs.

USAttorneys recommends you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Illinois if they were injured or lost a loved one in a commercial truck crash. Our experienced team of attorneys will be stand up for your rights and will take the steps to secure the best settlement possible on your behalf.