Chicago Improper Loading Lawyers
Both federal regulations and Illinois state laws specify how much weight trucks are allowed to transport and how cargo should be loaded and/or secured. In general terms, rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) dictate that “[c]argo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by structures of adequate strength.” Those rules include manufacturing standards for tie-down devices (chains, wire rope, steel strapping, synthetic webbing and cordage). There are detailed rules regarding how cargo of irregular shape and weight, such as large boulders, should be loaded.
These are but a few examples of the standards that people involved in trucking operations are expected to know and follow for the sake of safety and trucking accident prevention.
A Prompt and Detailed Investigation Is Key to Determining the Causes of a Truck Accident
After an accident involving a truck that was carrying cargo, an investigation should seek to determine what cargo was on the truck and how that cargo was loaded. Was it over the weight limit? Was cargo inadequately tied down? Did improperly loaded cargo cause cargo to shift, destabilizing the truck? As a result, a tractor-trailer may have woven dangerously into other lanes, tipped over on a sharp curve or had trouble stopping.
A proper investigation may uncover irregularities about the way cargo was loaded. A truck driver is ultimately responsible for safe operation of his or her truck. However, other people may share responsibility when improper loading is the cause of an accident. Loading personnel at warehouse loading docks may have been negligent. An equipment manufacturer may have been negligent.
Experienced, Accomplished Truck Accident Lawyers in Illinois Offer Free Consultations
We advocate on behalf of clients who have suffered injuries in truck accidents throughout the Chicago metro area and beyond. Truck-car collisions often take place on I-80, I-55, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-57, I-74, and the expressways. Our lawyers have represented people who were recovering from head and brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries and burns. We also represent family members in truck fatality cases.
We handle claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured in:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- DUI accidents
- Truck versus bike and truck versus pedestrian accidents
Our firm has vast experience investigating and litigating truck accident injury cases. We devote our knowledge and skill to challenging large insurance companies, transportation authorities, trucking companies, and other negligent parties on behalf of our injured clients.
For help after a truck accident or another auto accident, contact our personal injury law firm in Chicago. Improper loading? Attorneys at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. can uncover the cause of your accident and put that knowledge to use in an injury claim or lawsuit. Call 312-372-3822 or toll free at 800-458-3822, or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.