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On an annual basis, thousands of commercial trucking accidents result in fatalities. In 2017, more than 4,000 people died in these crashes across the country. Due to the high number of truck accidents that involve severe injury, law enforcement takes traffic violations by truck drivers seriously, whether it occurs in their work or personal vehicle.

If you have been charged with a commercial drivers license (CDL) violation, you could face license revocation that can lead to loss of employment, in addition to heavy fines. In this situation, you need a skilled CDL traffic ticket attorney.

Common CDL Violations 

A CDL traffic violation can come with serious complications for you and your employer. If you have been charged with a traffic violation outside of Illinois, state law requires you to report the violation. Below are some of the most common CDL tickets. 

Excessive Speeding: Due to the sheer size of commercial trucks, it is especially important for drivers to follow mandated speed limits. In many cases, highway speed limits will be lower for commercial trucks than standard vehicles. Speeding can impact a truck driver’s ability to stop and change direction. 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 48 percent of all truck occupant deaths in 2017 occurred in accidents in which the truck rolled over. Most rollover crashes are caused by truckers driving at excessive speeds. 

Improper Lane Change: Truck drivers are consistently cited for driving in the incorrect lane or recklessly changing lanes. On multiple lane highways, commercial truck drivers are asked to drive in the right lane, while only using the left lane for passing other vehicles. Failure to change back into the right lane in a safe and timely manner can result in a violation. Due to the extended blind spot of many commercial trucks, it is extremely important for drivers to change lanes with caution. 

DUI: Some commercial truck driver violations are related to inebriated driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can impact vision and reaction time, which is especially dangerous for drivers of large vehicles. Driving your commercial vehicle while inebriated can result in immediate termination and CDL revocation. 

Failure to Correctly Log Hours: CDL drivers are only legally allowed to drive for 11 consecutive hours. Some trucking companies encourage their drivers to falsify their driving logs. Because of the dangers of drowsy driving, the falsification of logs is considered an extremely serious offense.

Contact an Elgin, IL CDL Violation Lawyer 

Attorney Brian J. Mirandola has helped many commercial truck drivers preserve their professional driving privileges after a traffic violation. Our team firmly believes no person should lose their ability to execute their job because of one mistake. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

https://dor.mo.gov/drivers/commercial/cmv.php

https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks

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CDL, Kane County traffic violations attorneyCommercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders go through a difficult process to obtain their licensure. Such drivers are held to a higher standard within the community, both on and off the clock. Whether in a company vehicle or a personal vehicle, their attention to their driving must be impeccable at the risk of losing their license, jeopardizing both their employment and their future. What are some of the top mistakes made by CDL holders that can result in traffic violations and put their licensure in danger?

Attempting a Difficult Parking Spot to Avoid the Extra Walk

Did you know that most trucking accidents occur at truck stops? Some of these do involve truckers trying to pull into a closer and tougher parking spot than utilizing the ample space often available a few feet away. Large trucks do not have a small turning radius, and because of this, you should allow yourself the proper room for maneuverability to avoid a collision. While one accident may not lose your licensure, several just might. Remember that truck and trailer often move on different tracks, and the costs of repairing someone else’s vehicle may be upwards of $15,000 depending on the amount of damage.

Taking Downhills Too Fast

This mistake is one that even seasoned truckers make on occasion. Between the weight of the truck and load and the pitch of the downhill slope, vehicles become fast-moving projectiles. Luckily, many roads prone to this issue are equipped with runaway truck ramps. However, it helps to remember that it is better to go too slow than too fast in the beginning because you can always upshift, but never downshift in a slope. Not only can this cause an accident, failing to maintain a proper speed for the road conditions can result in a citation.

Failure to Maintain Proper Following Distance

Much of this also has to do with other drivers on the road cutting off truck drivers, but it is the responsibility of the driver then to back off to maintain a reasonable stopping distance. Large 18-wheelers have the ability to haul tens of thousands of pounds, not to mention the weight of the steel truck as well. Drivers must give themselves plenty of room to stop, and it is important to be aware of open spaces at all times in case you need an escape route to avoid catastrophe or a ticket.

Improper Vehicle Maintenance

Part of operating any vehicle is to make sure that the equipment is properly cared for and is in safe operating order before every trip. During an unexpected inspection, a citation may be issued for faulty equipment. Additionally, a tire blowout can cause a disaster on the roadways. Everything from the engine to the tires and the load being carried must be in proper order to ensure that your truck is not the reason for an accident.

An Attorney Can Help

You of all people understand how much your livelihood depends on your licensure. Dependant on your company policies and regulations of drivers, one accident or citation may put your career at risk. If you have received a citation against your CDL, contact an experienced Elgin CDL violations defense attorney. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Sources:

https://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm

https://www.truckdrivingjobs.com/faq/truck-driving-accidents.html

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/drivers_license/CDL/cdl.html

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