Ready-mix concrete delivery trucks and dump trucks travel the roads of Illinois every day and service many types of industrial and construction projects. From 2015 to 2016, dump truck accidents that required towing jumped by 9 percent for a total of 8,206 accidents. Although the growing problem has prompted insurers to raise their premiums, dump and concrete truck operators have yet to solve the problems linked to careless driving habits.
Some Illinois residents might have heard about a Greyhound bus accident on Aug. 30 that resulted in the death of eight people. The accident, which happened in New Mexico, happened when a semi-trailer hit the bus.
Illinois drivers of minivans, SUVs and pickups may be less likely to die in a traffic fatality than drivers of passenger cars according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study looked at data for the model years 2011 to 2014 and at the make and models involved in the most serious accidents although researchers noted that the study did have limitations. It only considered vehicles that had at least 100,000 registered vehicle years and did not take passenger deaths into account.
Mounting tractor-trailer trucks with side underride guards could save lives in Illinois and nationwide, according to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study marks the first time the agency has analyzed the effectiveness of side underride guards on trailers.
In response to an order by President Trump, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration has officially announced the delay of the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators rule. The rule was scheduled to take effect Feb. 6 in Illinois and nationwide. It was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 8.
Safety technology that is designed to help eliminate driver errors that are a major cause of accidents in Illinois and across the country is fast becoming a reality. Automakers are rolling out smarter cars that can not only detect pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic but that can also steer clear of an impending collision and even hit the brakes when an impact is imminent. At the same time, however, there is concern that the age group that might most benefit from these advances will not trust the technology enough to take full advantage of all that it may have to offer.
With lower gas prices and higher job growth in 2015, more Illinois residents had the money to take car trips. The increase in vehicle miles traveled in 2015 is one of the factors that might have led to an increase in traffic deaths around the country. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 7.2 percent jump in traffic deaths from 2014 to 2015.