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Improperly Loaded & Overloaded Truck Accidents

Lawyers Representing Chicago Victims for 30+ Years

It’s a frequent occurrence to witness a big 18-wheeler or big rig on the road. These trucks have become a staple in our community as well as across the nation. They are needed to keep consumers and big businesses happy because they ship products from one location to another utilizing these heavy-duty vehicles. Unfortunately, these same massive trucks can also cause serious damage when involved in an accident. One of the causes of truck accidents is an improperly loaded or overloaded trailer.

At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., we are well aware of the regulations trucking companies must follow when allowing these trucks to travel the roads. This often includes making sure the cargo in the trailer is loaded properly and within the legal limits. Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys aim to help you if you have been injured as a result of a trucking accident caused by overloaded or improperly loaded trailers. In the state of Illinois, the maximum legal gross weight is 80,000 lbs. This number changes based on the number of axles the truck has. Furthermore, the cargo must be loaded evenly to avoid causing the truck to overturn.

An overloaded or improperly loaded truck can cause an accident due to the following reasons:

  • Overturning due to one side being heavier than the other
  • Brakes failing to stop the overloaded truck in time and causing a rear-end collision
  • Jackknifing caused by the heavier trailer

Call for a free case evaluation at (312) 313-0202.

Who is Held Liable?

When a truck leaves the company with an overloaded or improperly loaded trailer and causes an accident, numerous parties may be found accountable. This includes the employee who loaded the cargo into the truck, the driver if he or she knew of the improperly loaded or overloaded trailer and still drove, or the company if they ordered the employee to overload the cargo. Our team at Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. works hard to determine who is liable for the accident and we seek compensation on your behalf.

How Our Firm Can Help You

Our team has helped recover millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in a wide range of truck accident cases. We know how damaging a truck accident can be if the trailer was overloaded or cargo was loaded improperly. You shouldn’t have to suffer from the resulting injuries and have to worry about the financial hardships as well. We use our extensive experience to determine the negligent party, build a strong case on your behalf, and seek the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. We are here for you from start to finish.

Ready to begin? Contact our legal team today at (312) 313-0202.

  • Experience

    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

  • Success

    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

  • Contingency Fee

    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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Common Truck Accident Questions

  • What are the Most Common Causes of a Truck Accident?

    A: Many factors can cause truck accidents. Poor maintenance, improper loading of the truck, driving under the influence, and other legal violations are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents.

  • Who Can Be Held Liable?

    A: In many truck accident cases, the trucking company may be held liable for injuries and other damages. Just like any personal injury case, though, truck accident lawsuits and claims involve many factors - so the best way to understand who is legally liable for your damages is by seeking legal guidance.

  • What Should I Look for When Hiring an Attorney?

    A: Experience is key. However, simply looking for an attorney with the most years of legal experience might not be enough. You should also look for counsel who has handled cases similar to yours in the past and will keep your best interests at the forefront of the case.