Recently, Illinois State Police conducted a Commercial Vehicle Overweight Detail to investigate commercial vehicle violations in Gallatin County – according to a report published by Tristate-Media.com. The early morning investigation resulted in over fourteen commercial vehicles being weighed, of which two of the vehicles were issued citations for overweight violations while four vehicles received written warnings. Illinois State Police also issued additional citations and written warnings to commercial vehicle drivers for other discovered violations unrelated to excess weight.
The increase in law enforcement of commercial vehicles in Illinois District 19 is due in a large part to the 40 Illinois semi truck accidents that have transpired in 2011, of which five resulted in fatalities. The report states that Illinois law enforcement will continue to focus on commercial vehicle violations ranging from speeding, overweight, equipment, as well as, Commercial Driver’s License violations.
When the driver of a large commercial vehicle is found in violation of federal or state regulations, whether through an unsafe vehicle or questionable driving, a significant threat is posed to the safety of our roadways. Due to a large number of traffic deaths caused by commercial vehicles, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was established in 1986 to improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses are properly trained to operate such vehicles, in addition to, help remove unsafe and unqualified drivers from highway travel.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act also details major commercial vehicle violations that could result in the disqualification of a commercial vehicle driver. Some of the serious violations in the Act include:
– Speeding Excessively: any speed of 15 mph or more of the posted speed limits – Driving Recklessly: in a manner that poses a threat to the safety of persons or property – Making Improper or Erratic Lane Changes
– Driving a Commercial Vehicle Without Obtaining a Commercial Vehicle License
– Driving a Commercial Vehicle Without CVL in Driver’s Possession
– Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance
When any of the above mentioned violations plays a contributing factor in a semi truck accident, the driver of the commercial vehicle, as well as, his/her trucking company may be subject to civil trucking litigation for their role in an accident that resulted in injury or death. If you have been injured at the hands of a careless or negligent semi truck driver or have lost a loved one in a semi truck accident, please contact a Chicago semi truck accident lawyer. Our experienced Illinois accident attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available to you.