An overloaded truck is an accident waiting to happen. Overweight trucks take longer to stop and are harder for the driver to maneuver than those that are properly loaded. Carrying too much weight can make the difference between an avoidable accident and a tragedy.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our attorneys hold truck drivers and their employers accountable when their reckless behavior hurts other people. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in an accident caused by an overloaded or improperly loaded truck, you can discuss your case with one of our lawyers in a free initial consultation.
Semis are designed to carry heavy loads. However, cargo must be properly secured and properly balanced for the tractor-trailer to operate safely. In addition, putting too much weight on the truck can cause catastrophic tire blowout or brake failure.
A truck with an unbalanced load can tip over or jackknife if the driver makes a sudden maneuver to avoid a collision. Unsecured cargo on flatbed trailers can fly loose, becoming dangerous missiles that injure or kill other people on the road.
Our lawyers will work with experts to determine if overloading or improper loading of the trailer was a factor in causing the accident. It’s important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after the crash so that evidence from the accident scene can be collected and preserved.
There is never a charge to discuss your case with one of our Illinois overloaded tractor-trailer attorneys. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-226-4236 or send us an e-mail. Se habla español.
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