Earlier this week, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read that the governor of Illinois signed into effect new semi-truck laws which simplify previously established laws, according to TruckingInfo.com. One of those bills included Senate Bill 1644, which regulates weight standards for semi-trucks. Previously passed legislation caused much confusion between state and local semi-truck weight limits. The newly passed bill now clarifies the recommended weight standard, as well as, a 400 pound weight grant for trucks fitted with auxiliary power units. Another piece of legislation signed by the Illinois governor includes House Bill 2836. This bill clarifies that the limit placed on a truck’s length will ultimately depend on the size of the truck’s cargo.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers believe the completion of these bills is a giant step in the right direction in the efforts to make the roadways safer for all vehicles. Overloading semi-trucks has proven to be a grave problem and a common cause of semi-truck and automobile accidents. Dangers that commonly occur as a result of overloaded semi-trailers include: inability to properly brake, debris falling from truck, in addition to, loss of ability to control the semi-truck. Our personal injury lawyers have dealt extensively with cases involving overloaded semi-trucks and their deadly consequences. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement for a family involved in a trucking accident in Huntley, Illinois; including a Kane County record wrongful death settlement of $4.7 million for the mother who was killed as a result of an overloaded semi-truck‚Äôs inability to brake in time to avoid collision. Our Illinois semi accident attorneys hope that the newly created legislation will provide for a reduction in semi-truck accidents across the state. Too many lives have been lost at the hands of malfunctioning semi-truck equipment or negligent drivers. In many cases, if you or your loved one is involved in accident as the result of operator negligence ‚Äì you may be able to file suit against the trucker and his or her company. Seeking legal aide will increase your chances of obtaining the maximum recovery possible.