The economy of Illinois would be nowhere without trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles. People go to work on mass transit, buy food brought by tractor-trailers and ship gifts to each other and out of state with delivery vans.
The roads of Illinois are generally safe, although poor weather is one of many risk factors that can make them more hazardous. Snow and ice on road surfaces, as well as distracted driving and cell phone use while behind the wheel, increase the chances of a collision.
The Midwest may have been settled by pioneers and built on trains, but trucking is king in the 21st century. Nearly all food, clothing and goods are delivered to the people of Illinois and other central states by tractor trailers and their dedicated drivers.
The roads of Illinois are generally safe, but accidents can happen. One of the greatest risk factors for fatal motor vehicle collisions is excessive speed or inattentiveness in construction zones on limited-access highways such as interstates.
Business across Illinois and elsewhere in the country rely on trucks. Truck drivers require special qualifications and experience to properly operate tractor-trailers and other heavy equipment, because accidents are possible but must remain rare to maintain safety on the roads.
Illinois sits at the crossroads of the northern United States and Canada, bringing many highways and railroads through the state. Drivers of all types keep an eye out for each other, as well as the many hazards that can appear on the roads.
Safety is a primary concern in all workplaces, from office cubes to construction sites. Some workplaces contain more hazards to worker safety than others, requiring attention to detail and constant vigilance to avoid injuries, damage or deaths.
Illinois is crossed in every direction by interstate highways, bringing more cargo through the state by truck every year. The high number of semitrucks among passenger vehicles suggest vigilance on the highway, especially as driver errors can cause serious damages and injuries in accidents.
There are few things as unnerving as having a semitruck right behind your car, on your bumper, tailgating you as you drive down the highway. Even if you're in a full-sized pickup truck, the semi is far larger and that difference in size is never so apparent as when it's consuming the whole rear-view mirror.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released its preliminary report on the collision statistics for buses and large trucks in 2015. As additional data is made available, their publication will be updated accordingly.