The danger posed by trucks on local roads was highlighted once again last week in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois as a cyclist was killed in a truck accident. According to the Chicago Tribune, the cyclist died after the driver of the truck turned right into the cyclist.
This truck accident is a tragic reminder of the serious safety hazards of putting 60,000 pounds of steel on the same local roads with bicyclists and smaller cars. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set up strict regulations for truck drivers like this person.
Unfortunately, an alarming number of truck drivers and trucking companies routinely ignore or simply do not to know of these regulations. Invariably, the failure of truck drivers and trucking companies to follow these important safety regulations and guidelines can produce very severe consequences, like in this very sad case. If the truck driver had followed the appropriate safety regulations, this victim’s life could have been spared.
At Whiting Law Group, we fully understand the FMCSA guidelines and how they apply in our clients’ truck accident cases in holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for non-compliance with their duties to follow those rules.
The original news story is online on the Chicago Tribune website.