Written by attorney Richard Joseph Albanese

Truck Drivers: Don't be the Biggest Loser! Handling Overweight Violations in Illinois and Wisconsin

Representing truck drivers and trucking companies carries a special responsibility. Sure, driving is usually important to everyone with a vehicle on the road that has to get from place to place, but for the truck drivers and their companies the road is the job and they depend on their licenses to make a living. Overweight violations can often cost more than a drunk driving ticket in many states depending on the amount of weight the truck is over the limits in a given geographic area. The good news is that with proper legal representation from an experienced attorney at the Richard Albanese Law Office, these citation costs can often be negotiated down to a reduced rate that helps the driver and company move forward and be better prepared to avoid future volations.

Why are Overweight Trucks such a Big Deal?

There are many dangers and concerns cited by State and Local authorities associated with overweight trucks. One danger is that on the highway an overweight truck cannot be controlled as well with the brake systems. The obvious consequence is a truck that can’t slow down or stop as fast as it should be able to or even worse a truck that loses control and causes a collision with other vehicles on the road. Another danger cited is damage to highway infrastructure. Highways are only meant to absorb so much wear and tear and it is no wonder this would be a concern due to the costs or repairing or replacing a highway from overuse or too much weight being brought to bear on asphalt. Bridges and other structures are especially dangerous places for an overweight truck to pass as a collapse may occur over time. Other areas simply don’t want truck traffic in a certain part of town due to the dangers posed to children in the area or a high volume of traffic.

What Can be Done Once I Get a Ticket?

Once retained by a company or individual driver an attorney initiates conversations with the State or Local Prosecutors and negotiates towards a reduced fine, which is determined by past history of the driver or company, where the violation occurred depending on city and type of road, and how much the truck was overweight in a given area. Often times a reduction of a third to half or more of the fine can be negotiated.

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