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IL defense lawyerIn 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. This is why many states, including Illinois, have made speeding a serious traffic offense when you go more than a certain speed over the speed limit. Any driver who speeds is breaking the law, but when a person who holds a commercial driver’s license (CDL) speeds, the consequences can be more severe and can affect their lives in different ways. Many people who hold a commercial driver’s license rely on the validity of that license for their main source of income. Speeding while you are driving a commercial vehicle is a big no-no and can result in strict penalties.

Illinois Speeding Laws

For all drivers, Illinois speeding laws are applicable. If you are caught driving more than 26 mph over the posted speed limit, but less than 35 mph over, you are breaking the law and can be hit with criminal charges. This is a Class B misdemeanor, so you will face up to six months in prison and up to $1,500 in fines. If you are caught driving more than 35 mph over the posted speed limit, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This means you can face up to a year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

Special Considerations for CDL Drivers

According to Illinois law, you also face greater consequences if you hold a CDL -- whether or not you were actually driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the incident. If you hold a CDL and you were caught driving more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit, you have committed a serious traffic violation, regardless of the vehicle you were driving at the time. A serious traffic violation is an offense that CDL drivers must take seriously. After two convictions for serious traffic violations within three years of each other, the driver’s CDL must be disqualified for at least two months.

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IL defense lawyerThough it may not seem like it, speeding is a dangerous crime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed as a result of speeding in 2016, making up about 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. While speeding may not seem like a serious crime, it very much is - not only are the driver and occupants of the speeding vehicle put in danger, but other people on the road are put in danger, as well. This is why speeding is taken so seriously in Illinois

Current Illinois Speeding Laws

Speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is usually referred to as aggravated speeding, which is more serious than just a speeding ticket.

Speeding 26 mph - 34 mph Over the Limit: When you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit, but not more than 35 mph, you are committing a Class B misdemeanor. For this charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail or up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

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IL defense lawyerIt is the news you have been dreading since you first handed over a set of car keys to your teenage driver: he or she has been in a traffic accident. While it is no surprise that teenage drivers often are involved in car accidents, parents are usually upset and worried when they hear the news.

After treating any injuries that may have been sustained, parents might next have to handle any legal repercussions being faced by their teenage driver. If your child is considered at fault or partially at fault in the accident, he or she may have received a traffic ticket.

When helping your child in the aftermath of a traffic accident where they were at fault, it is helpful to keep the following things in mind:

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