Your job as a truck driver with a CDL license is important to you. With it, you pay your bills, meet other obligations and prepare for the future. Unlike many other workers, you do your job in public, driving among smaller vehicles where the slightest mistake may mean tragedy. This is why the rules related to your profession are strict and include stiff penalties.
Among those penalties are high fines and the risk of losing your CDL license. Without your license, you cannot make a living, so it is important that you protect yourself if you ever face charges related to traffic violations.
The size and weight of your rig means you must be ready to stop much sooner than a smaller vehicle. By the time you react to a situation and apply the brakes, your truck may travel an additional 390 feet before it stops moving. Because of this, it is critical that you avoid any distractions while operating your rig. Distractions include the use of your mobile device, but they can involve anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your mind off your task.
Illinois law is strict with truck drivers. If you text or use your handheld device while operating your truck, you may face thousands in fines and the risk of the suspension of your CDL license. If you have an accident while using your phone, you may even face criminal charges.
Speed and other moving violations
Another action that makes it difficult to bring your rig to a stop to avoid an accident is driving too fast. Posted speed limits are set for specific roads in ideal conditions. Changes in weather can occur rapidly in Illinois, and keeping your vehicle at a reasonable speed is essential for protecting yourself and others. If police ticket you for driving faster than 15 mph over the posted limit, you face the potential of having your license suspended. Other violations that place your CDL at risk include these:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Not having your license or permit with you
- Causing an accident that results in someone’s catastrophic injuries or death
Because you drive a truck, you may already have a, perhaps, unfair reputation for ruling the road. Eyes are on you, and you may easily face the consequences of a traffic violation that could end your career. In this case, you would be wise to seek the counsel of an attorney who is skilled in defending those who drive for a living.