(625 ILCS 5/15-318)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-318)
Liability if highway or structure damaged.
(a) Any person driving any vehicle, object or contrivance upon any
highway or highway structure is liable for all damage which the highway
or structure may sustain as a result of any illegal operation, driving
or moving of such vehicle, object or contrivance, or as a result of
operating, driving, or moving any vehicle, object, or contrivance
exceeding the maximum dimensions or weighing in excess of the maximum
weight specified in this Chapter but authorized by a special permit
issued as provided in this Chapter. The measure of liability is the cost
of repairing a facility partially damaged or the depreciated replacement
cost of a facility damaged beyond repair together with all other
expenses incurred by the authorities in control of the highway or
highway structure in providing a temporary detour, including a temporary
structure, to serve the needs of traffic during the period of repair or
replacement of the damaged highway or highway structure.
(b) Whenever such driver is not the owner of such vehicle, object,
or contrivance, but is so operating, driving, or moving the same with
the express or implied permission of such owner, then the owner and
driver are jointly and severally liable to the extent provided in
paragraph (a) of this Section.
(c) Recovery may be had in a civil action brought by the authorities
in control of such highway or highway structure.
(Source: P.A. 81-199.)