Speeding through a construction zone has become a serious offense due to the number of accidents that are caused when drivers travel too fast and fail to pay attention to workers, barriers and construction machinery that is on the road. There are extremely strict laws regarding driving through construction zones in Illinois and these laws are being enforced through cameras on the road whenever workers are present. What many motorists are unaware of, however, is that these laws exist to protect motorists as well as construction workers— and motorists are in greater need of the protection.
Work Zone Related Fatalities When Truck Operators Fail To Reduce Speed & Keep Lookout
Any commercial driver— whether he or she drives a van, a pickup truck, a semi-tractor, flatbed or any other vehicle designed for transport— needs to follow the same rules of the road that everyone else does. Trucks can do a lot more damage to smaller vehicles at higher speeds and construction zones are filled with hazards, distractions and possible obstacles. 90% of the deaths that occur in work zones are to motorists rather than to construction workers and speed is a large contributing factor in these accidents.
Effectiveness of Construction Laws In Prosecuting Illinois Truck Injury Cases
Legislation passed in Illinois to crack down on drivers who break the construction zone speed limit has reduced the number of deaths by half since 2004. Drivers are required to slow down when they enter a work zone and follow the posted construction zone speed limit, which is usually 45 MPH on the highway. Signs are posted that instruct drivers to proceed with caution and sometimes to stay in their lanes. Those who break traffic laws in a construction zone face a $10,000 fine, a license suspension of 90 days and up to two years jail time (fourteen years if a driver kills a construction worker as a result of breaking a traffic law in a work zone). The harsh penalties have encouraged more drivers to take proper caution in work zones and removed those who ignore posted speeds and instructions in those zones off of the road. Over 8,000 citations have been written since the law was instated. A steep fine and the threat of jail time have let drivers know just how serious Illinois is about its intent to keep construction zones safe for motorists and workers.
The Need for Speed in the Trucking Industry Results In Thousands Of Avoidable Accidents
Trucking companies demand more and more of their drivers each year and the need to deliver cargo quickly and efficiently makes truckers cut corners and try to make up as much time as possible. This includes breaking traffic laws when a delivery is running late. Whenever a driver or a company puts efficiency and speed ahead of the safety of others, that company needs to be held accountable if its actions result in an accident. Most trucking companies will retain representation in order to try to deflect the blame when their policies are put into question following a serious wreck. They encourage drivers to take actions that threaten the lives of other people on the road, but make every attempt to remain insulated from liability when things go awry. Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers are committed to holding trucking companies accountable for any actions that they take which contribute to truck injuries and deaths.
Why Immediate Action Is Necessary Following A Chicago Semi-Truck Collision Involving An Injury
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, contact us today to learn about your rights and how you can collect compensation. We have experience and knowledge and regardless of whether your accident occurred inside of Illinois or not, we are still able to help you with your case. Our consultations are free and we will even travel out to meet you if you are not close to one of our offices in Illinois. Since we never collect a fee unless we win your case, you can be assured that we will approach your case from all angles and present it in a manner that will ensure the highest possible recovery.
- 2012 Illinois Rules of the Road – Jesse White, Secretary of State
- IDOT, Tollway and State Police Urge Drivers to Comply with Posted Speed Limits – Illinois Department of Transportation