A truck driver is facing felony charges after a March crash that caused the death of an Illinois State Trooper.
Trooper James Sauter, who was 28 years old at the time of his death, was pulled over on the left shoulder of I-294 when he was struck from behind by a truck. Both of the vehicles burst into flames. The driver of the truck escaped with a burn to the hand.
NBC Chicago reports that Cook County prosecutors have charged the driver of the truck, 25-year-old Andrew B. Bokelman, with violating three federal regulations for driving a commercial motor vehicle. Federal regulations prohibit drivers of commercial vehicles from driving while fatigued, driving more than 14 consecutive hours without taking 10 hours off and making false reports about their duties.
Accidents involving large trucks are devastating. Failure to comply with the guidelines created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are commonly the cause of trucking accidents and can leave a driver and trucking company liable for personal injury or wrongful death claims from the injured party or the family of anyone killed in the accident.
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