CHICAGO, Illinois. According to Eater Chicago, last year, city lawmakers established that laws regulating where food trucks could park in downtown Chicago are legal. Food trucks are not permitted to park within 200 feet of brick and mortar restaurants. The city cites the laws as being necessary to protect traditional restaurants and to prevent traffic jams near sidewalks. The city has released maps of where food trucks can park legally.
Yet, one of the unintended consequences of the strict laws about where food trucks can park, is that food truck drivers may be desperate to find and secure parking spaces in lucrative downtown areas. Food trucks that otherwise may not have been wandering the streets in search of parking, may have to drive around for longer periods of time. Additionally, when drivers are focused on locating parking, are they properly focusing their attention on driving? One way to analyze the problem may be to take a look at New York City parking culture and how it impacts traffic there.
In New York City, where alternate side parking is in effect, drivers are required to move their cars as much as twice per week to accommodate street cleaners. According to the Awl, different New York City neighborhoods have their own alternate side parking culture, with some neighborhood police allowing drivers to sit and wait in their vehicles during alternate side parking, and other neighborhoods being permissive of those who double park. When drivers are looking for parking, traffic in a given neighborhood can increase, and the risk of fender benders and other accidents can also grow. The Awl reports that 45 percent of the traffic in Park Slope was made up of drivers who were just looking for a place to park their car in the neighborhood.
While food trucks are a tasty addition to Chicago neighborhoods, they may also come with an increased risk due to increased truck traffic in the neighborhood. They can also increase street congestion. Parking on a side street means narrower traffic lanes or the loss of a whole traffic lane for drivers.
Food truck companies are not only required to abide by food sanitation laws, they are also required to have commercial insurance for their food trucks. According to the City of Chicago, food trucks must have proper fire safety permits. Drivers and owners must also have proper insurance.
The insurance requirement is necessary. Truck accidents can result in serious life-changing injuries for those impacted. In some cases, insurance isn’t enough to cover the full cost of injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. are truck accident lawyers in Chicago, Illinois who work with families who have been hurt due to truck accidents in the city. Whether you have been hurt due to an accident with a food truck or due to an accident with another vehicle, it is important to understand that you have rights under the law. Contact the truck accident lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. today in Chicago, Illinois to learn more.