Overloaded Or Improperly Loaded Trucks Are Serious Hazards
Federal law requires commercial truck drivers to properly load and secure their cargo. Failure to do so can cause accidents that can crush other vehicles and their occupants, causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
An improperly loaded and/or overweight semi can easily tip over, drop cargo onto the road, jackknife or roll over. It could also cause the driver to lose control of the truck and collide with other vehicles, causing multi-vehicle pileups. If you or a loved one were hurt in one of these accidents, you likely have a claim against the negligent driver and possibly the trucking company. At King Law Firm, P.C., we know how to investigate trucking accidents of all kinds, including overweight and improperly loaded trucks. Tell us about your accident and injuries in a free consultation.
When Trucks Carry Too Much Weight
Overloading a truck can damage some of its components. For example, the transmission and suspension may fail when the truck’s weight is more than it was designed to carry. The brakes may also fail because of the pressure the extra weight puts on them. Tires can burst under heavy loads. Any of these problems can result in an accident that is dangerous to the driver and to others on the road.
The Dangers Of Improperly Loading And Securing Cargo
A truck that is improperly loaded is also extremely dangerous. It can cause issues such as:
- Cargo shifting and falling off the truck and into traffic
- Cargo shifting inside the truck and throwing it off balance
- Cargo obstructing the driver’s view
These situations all have the potential to severely injure or kill people who are in the truck’s path.
Trucking Companies Will Fight Back; We Will Be Your Advocate
The driver, the trucking company and any other liable parties will not simply hand you compensation. They will use their lawyers and experts to deny fault for the accident. You will need experienced legal representation to counter their tactics.
Our attorney has over 30 years of experience and has his own network of experts and doctors in the local community. We know what tactics the other parties will use, and we know how to build a strong case for the financial damages you need. You owe us nothing if we don’t get compensation for you. Call us in Sioux Falls at 855-201-0098 or send us a message today. Your consultation is free. We help accident victims in northern Iowa and all of South Dakota.