Truck drivers and the trucking companies that employ them are required to follow regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Some of the rules state that drivers must slow down in hazardous conditions and that drivers must pull over if conditions become too dangerous. Failure to follow these and other FMCSA regulations are commonly the cause of many truck accidents.
Before the devastating multi-vehicle accident on I-94, Indiana state highway officials said there was no talk of closing the freeway because the white-out conditions did not warrant such an action at the time. Kenneth J. Allen, an advocate for strong commercial truck safety, believes that Indiana needs more enforcement of FMCSA regulations. A spokesperson from the Indiana State Police Department stated that Indiana leads the nation in Commercial Motor Vehicle traffic enforcement, and has for the last five years.
For more information regarding your rights following a trucking accident, contact an experienced Chicago trucking accident attorney from Nemeroff Law Offices at (312) 629-8800 to schedule a consultation.