DuPage County Overloaded Truck Accident Attorneys
Law Firm Serving Truck Accident Victims Throughout Northern Illinois
There are several federal and state laws and regulations commercial trucks are required to comply with. For example, there is a maximum gross weight allowed for the cargo hauled by trucks. This is why there are numerous weigh stations throughout the interstate highway system. When a truck accident occurs because of cargo overload or misload, it can cause serious injuries to other motorists and pedestrians. If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed as a result of an overloaded commercial truck, it is important to be represented by an experienced Illinois trucking accident attorney.
For over 40 years, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has represented victims of truck and other types of motor vehicle accidents in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Our award-winning attorneys have in-depth experience with truck accidents, and we put this experience to work to hold the responsible parties fully accountable. We are highly recognized not only for our skill and experience, but also for our client-centered focus and down to earth approach.
Our lawyers are honest, straightforward, compassionate, and responsive. We work hard to remain accessible and make your experience with us as smooth and hassle-free as possible. We offer free consultations, extended evening and weekend hours, 5 locations for your convenience, and we provide regular updates on the progress of your case. In addition, all our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so when you work with us, you never pay upfront attorney fees to receive the skilled representation you deserve.
The Dangers of Over loading or Shifting Loads on Commercial Trucks
There are many good reasons for the maximum weight allowances placed on commercial trucks. Failure to comply with trucking regulations by overloading a truck can cause several problems on the road, including:
- Brake and other equipment failure;
- Truck handling difficulties; and
- Greater wear and tear on the truck and the roads.
Poorly loaded cargo into a truck can lead to uneven weight distribution, which causes the truck to weave on the highway and creates a greater danger of jack-knife accidents. Failure to properly secure the cargo can also become deadly if debris begins flying out of the truck at high speeds.
Though cargo weight restrictions and other regulations are there for the safety of everyone on the road, truckers often have an incentive not to follow them. Trucking companies typically pay by the size of the load and how quickly it can be delivered. This encourages truckers to overload the cargo, and because they are often under time constraints, they do not always take the time to make sure the load is secured.It can be difficult to prove fault in truck accidents involving cargo overloads. The trucking companies have every reason to conceal loading violations and be less than forthcoming with pertinent information. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we work closely with law enforcement, investigators and other professionals to gather all the facts around the incident and secure just compensation for the injuries of our clients. For a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys, contact Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100.