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Illinois Police Warn of Danger from Trucks that Bypass Weigh Stations

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Illinois Police Warn of Danger from Trucks that Bypass Weigh StationsThe Illinois State Police is responding to what it believes is a significant number of truck drivers who avoid the mandatory weigh stations along Illinois highways. Officers are stationed near weigh stations, watching for trucks that do not pass through the weigh stations or violate other traffic laws. “Operation ByPass” is currently focused on Illinois State Police District 5, which includes Grundy, Kendall, and Will counties. Drivers across Illinois are at risk of personal injury from being in a crash with a commercial truck that is over the weight limit.

Problems with Overweight Trucks

Illinois requires trucks to go through weigh stations because a truck that is over the weight limit could cause damage to bridges and overpasses. The maximum allowable weight depends on the number of axles and the length between them. No truck is allowed to weight more than 80,000 pounds. Overweight trucks are also dangerous to other drivers on the road and can increase the risk of accidents. Because of their size and weight, trucks normally have more difficulty:

  • Maneuvering;
  • Making wide turns;
  • Coming to a quick stop; and
  • Maintaining control when going downhill.

These driving problems increase as a truck gets heavier. When a truck is over the weight limit, its response time will be slower than other drivers normally expect from a truck.

Driver Liability

Illinois State Police are concerned about organized communication that warns truck drivers about weigh stations and enables drivers to avoid them. Police cited a phone application that gives real-time information about weigh stations across the U.S. The app allows drivers to post comments about whether a station is open and whether there is law enforcement stationed nearby. With that information, a truck driver could decide to skip a weigh station if there is no one there to enforce its use. A truck driver may be liable for your accident injuries if the truck was over the weight limit. Discovering that the driver knowingly bypassed a weigh station can prove that the driver was negligent and created a dangerous situation for other drivers.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you can file a lawsuit against the driver or the trucking company that employs him or her. Some companies pressure their drivers to violate safety regulations in order to meet delivery deadlines. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you receive compensation after a devastating truck accident. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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