A trucking accident that occurred on March 17th in Joliet left three Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers injured. The accident occurred when the victims were in their truck on the shoulder of the I-80 in Joliet and were struck by a passenger vehicle. According to WBBM, the driver of the car has been cited with several violations, but at this time it is unknown if texting or cell phone use was a factor in the crash. All three of the victims were hospitalized because of their personal injuries but are expected to recover fully. To read more about this IDOT trucking accident, please click on this link.
It is important for all drivers to obey the rules of the road when driving and more specifically the rules that apply to driving in construction zones when appropriate. According to the Illinois Department of Safety website, in Illinois, a driver can still get a ticket for failing to obey the posted laws in a construction zone even when no workers are present. The restrictions place lowered speed limits in construction zones not only to protect the workers but also if the event that there is equipment or other things that would be dangerous if the normal speed limit was allowed. The fines for a first offense in a construction zone is at the minimum $375 and a minimum of $1000 for the second offense. If the second offense is within two years of the first offense, a mandatory suspension of the driver’s license is required. These construction zone laws in Illinois are taken very seriously and are in place for the protection of both workers and the drivers and should be taken very seriously and obeyed at all times by drivers.