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What Happens If a Commercial Truck Is Overweight?

 Posted on January 23, 2023 in Traffic Violations

DuPage County CDL violations attorneyThe more a truck weighs, the more damage the truck could potentially cause in an accident. Extremely heavy vehicles can also cause damage to roadways. Consequently, Illinois state law limits how much cargo a commercial truck such as a semi-truck can haul.

While the reasons for weight limitations are generally sound, the consequences of operating an overweight commercial vehicle can feel exorbitant. If the truck is found to be overweight – carrying more cargo than allowed by law – then the driver and his or her company can face significant fines. Depending on how far the truck is over its legal weight limit, the truck driver may even be required to unload some of its cargo in order to remain compliant.

Penalties for Exceeding Truck Weight Limitations

In Illinois, the fine associated with an overweight truck depends on how much the truck and cargo weigh above the limit. For example, operating a truck that exceeds the weight limitation by 2,000 lbs. is only a $100 fine, but the fine increases the heavier the truck and cargo are. Trucks that exceed the weight limitation by 5,001 lbs. or more are fined $1,500 at minimum. There are also additional fines for companies that receive four or more overweight violations within a one-year period.

If a truck driver fails to stop at a weigh station or refuses to submit to weighing after being pulled over by police, he or she may automatically receive a citation for exceeding the weight limit. Drivers who refuse to stop may even face charges for failure to yield or fleeing and eluding police.

How a CDL Violation Lawyer Can Help

If you or your company are facing fines and other penalties for operating an overweight commercial truck in Illinois, contact an experienced CDL violation lawyer for help. An attorney can review the case and provide guidance on your legal options. A lawyer may be able to help negotiate a reduction in fines or to even get the penalties dropped altogether.

Contact an Aurora CDL Violation Defense Lawyer 

Our Naperville overweight truck violation lawyer Patricia Magaña knows the struggles and challenges faced by commercial truck drivers. She can advocate on your behalf after a CDL violation and argue for the reduction or elimination of penalties. Call 630-448-2001 for a free initial consultation. Se Habla Español.




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