Earlier today, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read an article on TruckingInfo.com detailing a recently signed piece of Illinois legislation. The new trucking law, signed by Governor Pat Quinn, allows the state’s Department of Transportation to distribute permits for truck loads that previously exceeded size and weight limitations. If specific conditions are met, oversized and overweight trucks are permitted to travel on Illinois highways. Trucks carrying a load in excess of 80,000 pounds are permitted to travel the roadways only if they are traveling a distance less than 5 miles and will not cause road deterioration.
When permitting oversized trucks for travel, the Illinois Department of Transportation must evaluate many elements such as the safety of other motorists, as well as, the economic effects on the surrounding community. The Illinois Department of Transportation is also required to determine whether or not a truck’s cargo would benefit from being split into two loads. If the Department of Transportation deems that a truck in unable to be split into two loads, the vehicle is still required to adhere to Illinois’s designated size and weight requirements. This new trucking law goes into effect immediately.
While this new law makes strides to help cut the cost of transportation, in addition to, creating new jobs for Illinois residents, our Chicago accident attorneys sincerely hope that the Illinois Department of Transportation ensures that truck drivers and their companies adhere to established regulations and standards when operating overweight and/or oversized trucks. Through our extensive experience as truck accident attorneys, we have seen the devastation that an overloaded semi truck can have on unsuspecting passenger vehicles. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf on an Illinois family who was critically and fatally injured when an overloaded semi truck collided with their vehicle.
Motor vehicle laws are established by the federal government, as well as, each and every state to ensure the safety of all vehicle operators and their passengers on the roadways. Often times when drivers disregard these implemented laws, serious injuries and fatalities result. Drivers are required to operate their vehicles safely with the utmost standard of care. If this standard is violated in any way and an accident occurs, that driver may be liable for negligence. In addition, if negligent driving causes an accident that results in a fatality, the driver may also be liable for a wrongful death claim. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact an Illinois accident attorney to see what legal rights may be available to you.