Coal City Revises Code for Commercial Vehicles

Coal City, Illinois, recently amended their city’s code pertaining to large commercial vehicles operating or parking within the area. According to an article recently published by, Coal city’s Planning and Zoning Board amended the city’s definition of commercial vehicle, as well as, prohibited certain vehicles from operation within the district. After immense feedback from Coal City residents within the past year, the new district ordinance defines commercial vehicles as: buses, buses used as recreational vehicles, tractors, semi-trailers, motorized farm vehicles and earth-moving equipment, in addition to, any commercial trucks or vans with license plates that exceed the legal limits of class D plate as provided within the Illinois Vehicle Code. The ordinance requires that each and every type of vehicle defined as “commercial vehicle” be properly maintained.

The new amended code also details a strict new implemented policy as requested by town residents. Much of the feedback the town received dealt with the issue of parking and storage of recreational vehicles. In order to give more of a definition to existing codes which will ultimately lead to better law enforcement of city codes, the new ordinance: restricts parking of commercial vehicles unless the vehicle is parked in a fully enclosed building or structure and only one type of these vehicles can be parked on a residential lot or parcel of land. In addition, if a commercial vehicle is parked on a residential lot, the vehicle must be on an interior side or rear yard. The amended code prohibits any of the previously mentioned types of vehicles be used for living or sleeping purposes.

Our Illinois truck accident attorneys know first-hand that when steps are taken to improve traffic safety laws pertaining to large commercial vehicles, it can have a significant impact on preventing the hundreds of Illinois semi truck accidents that occur every year. When commercial vehicles are properly regulated at the state and local level, it continues to encourage semi truck drivers to operate their vehicle with the utmost standard of care. With over 900 Illinois residents losing their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2009 – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – rules and regulations must continue to be properly enforced.

Every year, our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers fight for the legal rights of those who have endured serious harm as the result of a negligent driving accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident at the hands of a careless driving and sustained a serious injury as a result, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. In the event that the negligent driving accident caused a fatality, you may be able to file suit against the driver for wrongful death. Please contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to see what legal rights may be available to you.

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