October 13, 2008

Increase in fuel prices may contribute to more truck accidents on Illinois roads

Increase in fuel prices may contribute to more truck accidents on Illinois roads. That's the conclusion many trucking experts have come to as a result of the large increase in gas prices. They say that trucking companies are forced to make up for the gas price increase in operating costs and due to the rise in fuel prices, truck drivers and trucking companies are left with three options: pass the cost down to their customers, make up for the increase in costs by driving more hours-- or some combination of the two.

Earlier this spring, the American Trucking Association's (ATA) State Vice President Mike Card provided testimony to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit where he said that many trucking companies are going out of business or barely surviving. Mr. Card testified that the poor economy and a decrease in demand for freight transportation were also contributing factors. However, he made it clear that the high price of diesel was the driving force behind the struggles of most trucking companies.

In attempt to keep roads safe, federal laws have been put in place to regulate the amount of time truck drivers spend on the road. Experts fear that the increase in operating expenses due to increased fuel costs will result in more violations of hours of service requirements, which will ultimately lead to an increase in truck accidents due to driver fatigue.

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October 7, 2008

DUI Death Toll Decreased in Illinois in 2007

The Department of Transportation announced the latest national drunk driving-related death statistics. The report, found here, showed that in most states the total DUI deaths in 2007 dropped significantly since the year before, but nearly half of the states experienced an increase in drunk driving-related motorcycle fatalities.

Nationally, almost 13,000 people died in accidents involving motorists with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more which is a drop from the almost 13,500 people who died in DUI car crashes in 2006. The number of drunk driving deaths in Illinois was 434— twelve less than in 2006—but consistent with the nationwide trend, Illinois DUI motorcycle deaths increased nearly 32 percent.

If you have been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, you may have rights against the person or even the business that provided the alcohol to the drunk driver. Under Illinois law, this type of liability is often known as dram shop liability.

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