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FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Companies in Illinois, Georgia; Considers Them Imminent Hazards to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Payson, Illinois-based Rhino Displays and Hampton, Georgia-based Prudential Carriers, Inc., to immediately shut down following two separate federal investigations that revealed numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations. According to officials, in July 2010, Rhino, a fireworks display company, informed FMCSA in writing …

Trucker Found Guilty Of Fatigued Driving, Faces Up To Three Years In Prison

When truckers do not get enough sleep, the results can be deadly. In fact, fatigued driving is considered one of the top ten causes of truck accidents in the United States with 65 percent of them occurring on long-haul trips. Believe it or not, sleep loss impacts performance similar to alcohol. Your ability to perform becomes impaired …

New Illinois Laws for Obtaining a Driver’s License

Illinois has three new laws that apply to new drivers. Two take effect January 1, 2014: 1. Judges will no longer be permitted to sentence a person to “supervision” if they cause a fatal collision and do not have a clean driving record. Supervision allows the driver to pay a fine and sometimes attend driving …

New FMCSA Data includes Lack of Seat Belt Use

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; of the 530 fatal crashes in work zones in the country, 27% — or 144 …

Semi Collides with Passenger Car in East Peoria, IL

A tractor trailer reportedly merged from the left to the center lane on Interstate 74 in East Peoria, Ill., striking a car and injuring its three passengers on Tuesday, April 10. According to PJStar.com, both vehicles were eastbound on I-74 when the collision occurred, forcing the car to spin out and slide into the path …

Two Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash in Joliet

Two women in a pickup truck were critically injured when their vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Route 53 in Joliet, Ill., on Tuesday, March 27. According to Patch.com, the accident occurred near the intersection with Schweitzer Road when the pickup pulled onto Route 53 and into the path of the tractor trailer. The …

Man Critically Injured in Truck Crash in West Frankfort, IL

A man driving a pickup truck was critically injured when his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 57 in West Frankfort, Ill., on Thursday, March 22. According to the Daily American News, the pickup truck reportedly swerved into the median of I-57 before it re-entered traffic and struck the semi. The man was …

Woman Critically Injured in Crash with Semi in Chicago

Police continue to investigate an accident involving an SUV and a tractor truck in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago that left one woman in critical condition on Sunday, March 18. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two vehicles collided at the intersection of 35th Street and Western Avenue, sending the SUV into a bus …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash near Brownstown, Ill.

The driver of a tractor trailer was killed when his rig crashed into another semi truck on Interstate 70 near Brownstown, Ill., in the early-morning hours of Saturday, March 17. According to the Effingham Daily News, a truck driver had pulled to the shoulder of I-70 to address vehicle problems and was merging back onto …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Collision in Northern Illinois

A man was killed Thursday, March 1, on Interstate 94 near the Illinois-Wisconsin border when the car in which he was riding was hit by two tractor trailers. According to the DailyHerald.com, the vehicle was first hit by a tractor trailer as the two vehicles traveled the eastbound lanes. That collision sent the car spinning …

Jack-Knifed Semi Causes Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash in Chicago

Two people were killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 24, after a semi tractor trailer jack-knifed and set off a chain of accidents in its wake. According to the Morris Daily Herald, the accident began when a tractor trailer jack-knifed and was hit by a tour bus. Another semi, two …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash West of Chicago

The driver of a tractor trailer unaware he’d been rear-ended by a passenger vehicle drove about two blocks before realizing a Hyundai was wedged beneath his trailer, according to the Daily Chronicle. The accident occurred on Sunday, Feb. 19, on West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois. The driver of the car died in the accident, …

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