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Chicago Personal Injury Blog

Cheating while obtaining a CDL leaves many at risk for injury

State and federal laws require truck drivers to obtain and maintain a valid commercial driver's license. The Illinois Secretary of State says that Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety of 1986 due to a prior patchwork of laws that posed risks to anyone on the road when an unqualified driver got behind the wheel of a tractor trailer. To drive a massive truck in Illinois a driver must be qualified to handle the rig (subject to specified exemptions). To obtain a valid CDL, the driver must pass a battery of tests to show his or her knowledge and ability to safely handle the vehicle.

Unfortunately, major safety programs aimed at reducing the risks for serious injury and death can be sidestepped, at times, by unscrupulous people. The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General recently released a report outlining several schemes that have been used by unqualified drivers to get a CDL.

Distracted Driving: Sometimes It's All in Your Head

It's nearly impossible not to drive without distractions in a multi-tasking oriented society. We're in a time-crunch these days, with work time bleeding into family time and the increasing feeling that if we're not constantly connected to what is happening now, we are left out. It isn't just what we are doing that can distract us from the task of driving, our mental state can have an impact as well.

We can become preoccupied with a stressful event at work while driving home or drift into thoughts about making dinner. Those cognitive activities negatively affect our focus on the road, yet still do not have the same impact as texting or other physical activities.

Construction sites account for 20 percent of all workplace deaths

Construction sites are often a chaotic scene involving many different suppliers delivering materials, contractors working their trade and multiple companies occupying the site working hard to meet deadlines. It is no wonder that construction sites are dangerous. Heavy machinery, heights involved in constructing a building, debris and falling objects are commonplace. While most workers know of the potential dangers, you may be surprised to learn that federal statistics indicate that one in five of all fatal workplace accidents occur in the construction industry.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified what it calls the Fatal Four leading causes of fatal construction site accidents. The safety organization says that eliminating these four types of accidents would save more than 500 lives each year and reduce fatalities on construction sites by 57.6 percent (based upon statistics recorded in 2014).