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 truck 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.