18 Wheeler Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois
Illinois 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Law, Lawsuits and Settlements
While many trucking accidents result from unrealistic shipping schedules, fatigued truck drivers, and poorly maintained big-rigs, improper loads also contribute to a significant number of collisions. The massive length and weight of a semi-truck mean that excessive loads, unbalanced loads and poorly secured loads can interfere with proper handling and contribute to life-altering tractor-trailer collisions.
Because our Chicago trucking accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC have extensive experience handling trucking litigation, we can navigate the complexities involved in these sophisticated vehicular lawsuits. Our law firm has the expertise to navigate the extensive matrix of state and federal trucking regulations along with a network of nationally renowned industry experts. Our lawyers have been providing exemplary representation in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for over 45 years. Our track record includes recovery of more than $40 million for our clients.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents Caused by Improperly Secured Loads
When a large, heavy semi-truck is moving at highway speeds, a small box or object shifting can start a chain reaction that results in a serious trucking accident. Shifting cargo can adversely impact the balance of a vehicle and interfere with the truck’s handling. The truck driver can lose control of the big-rig and collide with other vehicles.
When objects fall from the tractor-trailer onto the roadway or a trailing vehicle, an unsecured load can cause catastrophic injury or wrongful death. Other drivers might be forced to slam on their brakes or veer into an adjacent lane to avoid colliding with objects in the roadway. This type of sudden and unanticipated response can initiate a multi-car pileup. While trucking companies and truck drivers have a duty to ensure that loads are properly secured, the shipper also can be liable for failing to properly pack cargo before loading.
Excessive Loads Resulting in Trucking Accidents
Although a fully loaded tractor-trailer combination can weigh up to forty tons under federal law, some commercial carriers overload vehicles to increase profits. Excessive loads negatively impact the steering, handling, and braking capacity of a big-rig. Given the dimensions and weight of a loaded semi-truck, the load also needs to be properly balanced to prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.
If a large truck is overloaded, this adversely impacts the ability of the driver to control the vehicle and brake in an emergency, but it also compromises the performance of brakes and tires. Tire or brake failure causes many trucking collisions, and overloaded trucks cause excessive wear on the brake system and tires of commercial trucks.
When cargo is not properly secured, or a load is excessive or unbalanced, injury victims involved in trucking collisions can seek a variety of types of damages including:
- Hospital and medical bills
- Lost past, present, and future wages
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished qualify of life
- Burial or funeral expenses (wrongful death)
- Punitive damages
Our experienced Chicago semi-truck accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC have the experience, legal expertise, trucking industry knowledge, and litigation resources to tenaciously pursue the fullest recovery for trucking accident victims. Our law firm has recovered over $40 million for our clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.