Improperly secured truck loads place all motorists at risk. When a truck load is not properly secured or the tractor-trailer is overloaded, a number of safety hazards can occur, including falling debris, unstable truck beds, leaking liquids, and loss of truck control.
The Chicago trucking attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on representing the victims of commercial trucking accidents, including those caused as a result of improperly secured truck loads, FMCSR violations, HOS violations, and truck driver fatigue. Our unique legal team of Chicago trucking attorneys includes a nationally recognized member of the prestigious Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and two former defense attorneys. Because we take a collaborative approach to legal representation, our clients receive the legal skill and knowledge of all our trucking attorneys and not just one attorney.
It is important to determine the cause of the improperly secured truck load in order to assess liability. Depending on the cause of the improperly secured truck load, liability may be assessed against the trucking company, truck driver, or shipper/broker. Improperly secured truck loads or truck bed overloading can occur for a number of reasons, including:
Once liability is determined, damages are assessed against the responsible party. Victims of commercial trucking accidents may be entitled to compensatory damages including:
In some cases, the victim may also be awarded punitive damages to punish the truck driver, trucking company, or shipper/broker for his or her wrongdoing, and deter future grossly negligent or intentional wrongdoing.
At Cogan & Power, our Chicago trucking attorneys take great pride in the enduring relationships we have developed with our clients and our record of successful verdicts and settlements, including a $13 million verdict in a trucking accident case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident caused by an improperly secured truck load or overloaded tractor-trailer, contact the skilled Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Cogan & Power for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights following a commercial trucking accident. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.