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IL defense attorneyEvery year thousands of Illinoisans suffer severe injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, many of these collisions are caused by the negligent actions of a driver. Because of this, law enforcement officials throughout the state are constantly on the lookout for signs of negligent or careless driving. In the state of Illinois, a reckless driving charge can come with serious legal ramifications. If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is time to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Illinois’ reckless driving law is defined under the Illinois Vehicle Code, in statute 625 ILCS 5/11-503. The statute states that reckless driving is the act of willfully disregarding the safety of other travelers. The most common examples of reckless driving in the state of Illinois, including driving over 35 mph over the legal speed limit, recklessly swerving from lane to lane without signaling, and using an incline to become airborne on a roadway. The consequences of a violation of this magnitude should not be understated.

The Legal Consequences

In the state of Illinois, the safety of all travelers is taken incredibly seriously, thus it should come as no surprise that the legal ramifications of a reckless driving conviction can be severe. If convicted a driver will face Class A Misdemeanor charges, possible fines, points against your license, and potentially massive increases on your insurance premiums. It should be noted that if a person is seriously injured due to a driver’s reckless driving, the charges will be elevated from a Misdemeanor to Class 4 Felony charges. While a reckless driving charge will not lead to an immediate license suspension, your license can be suspended if you have two previous violations on your record.

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IL defense lawyerBeing a commercial truck driver can come with some serious potential complications and risks. Commercial truck drivers are asked to drive day and night, through inclement weather, in vehicles that can weigh up to 30 times as much as standard motor vehicle collisions. Recognizing the inherent risks of commercial truck driving, it should come as no surprise that law enforcement officials are on the lookout for drivers violating commercial trucking laws. Unfortunately, many truck drivers are pressured by their employers to violate these mandates. If you have been charged with a CDL violation, it is time to seek out the assistance of a knowledgeable legal professional.

Experiencing Employer Pressure and Negligence in the Trucking Industry

While many CDL violations, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and reckless driving, are directly the fault of the driver, many other violations can be caused by employer negligence or recklessness. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for commercial trucking companies to pressure their employees into acting negligently, in order to expedite the shipping process. One common example of this is companies asking their drivers to falsify their driving logs in order to drive for more consecutive hours than is legally allowed. Falsifying an electronic driving device can potentially result in a CDL suspension or permanent revocation, as well as possible jail time.

In other instances, employers will overload a vehicle’s cargo. If you are aware of the overweight vehicle and were pressured to avoid weigh-in stations, you should alert your attorney right away. If you were unaware that the vehicle was overweight, your attorney can work to prove that you were not acting in a negligent manner. Other examples of employer negligence include pressuring a driver to drive on high-grade roads that would violate grade restrictions and providing a driver with an improperly maintained vehicle.

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IL defense lawyerEvery single day, hundreds of Illinoisans are ticketed for violating the state’s speed limits. With the sheer number of speeding tickets handed out by law enforcement officials each and every day, many people believe that a speeding violation is not a big deal. In all reality, a speeding violation can result in points against you on your license, and in some cases an automatic suspension or even a criminal charge. If you have received a speeding ticket, it is time to seek out an attorney that will fight for you.

The Impact of a Speeding Ticket

In the state of Illinois, even the most minor of speeding tickets will result in points against your driving record. If you are ticketed for driving less than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, you will still receive five points against your driving record. As your speeds rise, so does the severity of the ticket. If you receive an aggravated speeding ticket (driving at speeds 26 miles per hour or higher than the legal speed limit), you will be facing misdemeanor charges, possible fines, and potential jail time.

Regardless of the seriousness of the violation, an accumulation of three more traffic violation convictions will result in a driver’s license suspension. The length of the suspension will be dictated by the number of points against the driver’s driving record. For instance, those with over 100 points on their driving record will face a one-year license suspension. It should also be noted that points against your license can almost immediately result in significant rises to your insurance rates

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Il defense lawyerCommercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) are not easy to come by. Drivers must pass a federal background check, submit medical forms, and pass state sanctioned skill and knowledge tests prior to obtaining their CDL. Keeping a CDL for a long period of time can be even more challenging, due to the strict punishments handed down for a CDL violation. Every single year upwards of 70,000 commercial truck drivers are charged with speeding alone, even a violation such as speeding can result in a CDL disqualification. In some cases though, a CDL violation is the fault of the employer. If you have been charged with a CDL violation, seek out legal assistance.

Employer Oversight Resulting in a Violation

There are a number of CDL violations that are solely the fault of the vehicle operator. A driver’s CDL can be disqualified for reckless driving, operating a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 0.04, and aggravated speeding. In other instances, a driver can receive a CDL violation due to employer oversight.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces trucking rules and regulations written in Title 49 of Code of Federal Regulations. Many of these regulations have little to do with the driver’s operation of the vehicle, and rather the company’s procedure. For instance, commercial truck drivers are only allowed to operate a vehicle for 14 consecutive hours, and a maximum of 11 hours per day. In many cases, a driver that is sanctioned for violating their hours limit is only doing so due to pressures set by their employer. Similarly, a driver can be sanctioned for driving an overweight truck, but either was misinformed on the weight of the cargo or was pressured by their employer to load additional cargo onto the truck. If a truck’s cargo is improperly or unsafely loaded, the driver could face consequences. In many cases though, the truck driver may have not been present during the time of loading.

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IL defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, law enforcement officials are always on the lookout for drivers failing to adhere to the state’s driving laws. People are pulled over every day for minor offenses such as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or driving over the speed limit. In the vast majority of instances, the driver will only receive a ticket for a violation and amass points against their driving record. While three minor traffic violations in one year can result in a license suspension, there are some offenses that come with more significant ramifications. A reckless driving charge is one of the most serious violations in Illinois.

What is Reckless Driving?

Illinois law defines reckless driving as the operation of a vehicle with willful disregard for safety and property. The most common forms of reckless driving include driving at speeds of 25 miles per hour or more over the legal speed limit, aggressively tailgating other drivers, illegally passing vehicles, and disregarding traffic signs. Drivers can also be charged with reckless driving if they attempt to use an incline in the roadway to cause the vehicle to become airborne. It should be noted that there are a number of factors that will ultimately dictate whether a driver is likely to be charged with reckless driving. These factors include the time of day, the driver’s intent, weather conditions, and the presence of other vehicles.

The Consequences of Reckless Driving

In Illinois, reckless driving can come with significant legal consequences. If a driver is charged with reckless driving, they will face a Class A misdemeanor, up to one year in jail, and fines as high as $2,500. Outside of the fine and jail time, a conviction of this magnitude can impact your ability to secure employment opportunities, and result in rises in your motor vehicle insurance payments. There are also a number of factors that can lead to the charge being elevated to a felony charge. Most notably, if your reckless driving results in bodily harm to a child or a school crossing guard, the charge will be elevated to a Class 4 felony. In these instances, you can be fined as much as $25,000 and face one to three years in prison.

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