Transportation Law

Common mistakes trucking companies make in hiring drivers

Small and large trucking companies alike can struggle with the best ways to solicit and find good commercial drivers. The risks involved with hiring the wrong drivers are extremely great yet all too many employers proceed hastily only to find themselves in bad situations later on. Following are some all-too common mistakes that Chicago-area transportation companies should avoid in order to make their next driver hiring experience a good one. Stereotyping Even within the trucking … [Read more...]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule

For several decades, the nation as a whole has seen an increase in laws designed to crack down on drunk or drugged driving. These include detection methods as well as penalty sets. In Illinois, the consequences drivers face if convicted of DUIs can be great. This effort includes commercial drivers as well. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now be creating a new process and program aimed at reducing the number of commercial drivers operating vehicles while under the … [Read more...]

Illinois restrictions on weight and size of cargo

Transportation companies provide a valuable service to the people living here in Illinois. They make it possible for people to receive products and materials that are grown or created within and outside of the state. However, transportation companies are also under strict federal and state rules that tell them how to run their businesses. Among these many rules are the ones in Illinois that target the size and weight of the cargo that can be transported on state roads. Gross weight … [Read more...]

Tips on avoiding truck overloading

It can be tempting to cut down on hours and payroll costs by overloading trucks, but this dangerous practice leads to many fatalities and injuries on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 466 Illinois truck drivers were killed on the job in 2012. Many of these deaths were caused by overloading. When a trucking company chooses to overload its vehicles, it breaks transportation law and creates a potentially deadly hazard. These tips can help truckers avoid the danger … [Read more...]

Trucking companies and hazardous loads in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports a slow but steady increase in the number of serious accidents including large trucks, with 874 crashes taking place in 2012 alone. Many of these trucking accidents involve hazardous cargo. Every Illinois trucking company and employee should be aware of the dangers posed by transporting hazardous loads. Risks are compounded by transporting hazardous goods Driving an 18-wheeler is a dangerous job even in the best conditions. When hazardous … [Read more...]

Adhering to The Illinois Vehicle Code for commercial vehicles

In 2010, The University of Illinois at Chicago released its annual report on traffic stops in Illinois. The report stated that over 2.3 million traffic stops were made in the state. About 20 percent of those stops were for equipment issues such as a non-working taillight, window tint that was too dark or the vehicle was in violation of the state’s code. For owners of commercial fleets, an equipment violation could mean thousands of dollars in fines, the necessity of pulling the vehicle … [Read more...]

Proving cargo loss

Shippers in Chicago experience the financial sting of potential loss when their cargo does not arrive at its final destination or if it arrives damaged. State and federal law find that cargo companies are liable for most losses and they must pay to replace the items at full market value, unless the shipper agreed to a lower value for the load before the loss was sustained. In certain instances, however, carriers may claim that the cargo loss was out of their control in an attempt to reduce or … [Read more...]

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