According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the years 2015 to 2017 experienced an annual increase in the percentage of fatal crashes involving one or more large trucks. The same period saw more and more large truck occupants dying in crashes. Fatal large truck and/or bus crashes have gone up from 2016 to 2017 as well. Truckers in Illinois should know that work zones are especially high-risk areas.

The years 2015, 2016 and 2017 each experienced an increase in fatal work zone accidents involving one or more large trucks. There has been a 3.6 percent increase in all. The annual National Work Zone Awareness Week is to be held April 8-12, 2019. As the name implies, awareness is key to preventing such crashes.

Truckers in a work zone, for their part, will want to use their turn signals ahead of time when merging into an open lane. They are also advised to use their flashers to warn drivers behind them that they are approaching slowed or stopped traffic.

Curbing distractions is essential in reducing accidents. If their company bans all phone use, truckers should put away their devices. If hands-free use is allowed, the phone should be kept in a secure place. In addition, truckers should adjust the mirrors, seat and radio before getting on the road.

Truckers are often to blame for accidents. Besides distracted driving, drowsy driving, DUIs and speeding are also considered to be acts of negligence. Individuals who are injured and believe they are eligible for compensation may want to consult a lawyer who works in truck accident law. An attorney may hire investigators to obtain a copy of the police report and other evidence showing that the trucker was negligent before heading off to negotiations. Victims might litigate as a last resort.