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Truck Accident Law in Illinois

Trucking Regulations Illinois

Truck drivers in Illinois are subject to various regulations, determined by whether or not they drive locally or are involved in interstate traffic. Whether or not federal regulations, or state regulations apply, there are certain rules that must be followed by all truck drivers and trucking companies.

Hours of Service

Accidents are often caused by drivers who have been driving for too many hours without sleep. Illinois has adopted most of the federal regulations in regards to hours of service with a few differences. Federal rules allow for an exemption from recording duty status within a 150-air-mile-radius, while Illinois has reduced that distance to 100-air-mile-radius.

Despite strict rules regarding how many hours a driver may work without a day off, many individual drivers and trucking companies will ignore these regulations in order to improve their bottom line. Unfortunately, when that happens, truck drivers may not react properly or may even fall asleep at the wheel. This can cause catastrophic results for any vehicle nearby.

Driver Qualifications

Illinois has again adopted many of the federal regulations in regards to hours of training and driver requirements, with a few exceptions. For example, a commercial operator may drive at 18 years of age in Illinois, rather than 21.

Proper training and experience can help reduce the likelihood of any driver being involved in a serious accident. Because of the size of a commercial truck, this training is all the more important for the safety of all motorists who drive alongside semi-trailers on Illinois roadways.

When trucking companies allow drivers to work without the recommended hours of training, they are putting profits above safety and may be held liable when one of their drivers is involved in an accident.

Experienced Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable Chicago truck accident attorney before agreeing to any type of settlement. The trucking company, as well as the individual operator, may be liable, depending on whether or not they are in compliance with Illinois trucking regulations.

To speak with one of our legal experts at Shea Law Group about your particular situation, give us a call at (877)-365-0040 today. We always offer free, no-obligation consultations and never charge a cent unless we achieve a settlement for you.