Many of the most serious truck accidents are the result of poorly loaded, unsecured or overloaded freight. Poorly loaded freight shifts about in transit, causing trucks to become unbalanced. In some cases, an unsecured load can fall out of the truck and strike or endanger other vehicles. Overloaded trucks put great stress on key truck parts: brakes, tires and springs. An overloaded truck needs more distance to slow, and risks tipping, decoupling and jackknifing.
The other reason injuries from overloaded truck crashes are so serious is that the additional weight adds tremendous force to the collision. Drivers and passengers hit by an overloaded truck face a much higher likelihood of catastrophic injury — paralysis, traumatic brain damage, severe internal injuries — and very frequently, death.
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If you are injured by a truck that was poorly loaded or overloaded, you will need to prove that point in order to obtain proper compensation. At Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C., we have the investigative skills to determine exactly what happened in the accident that injured you or caused the death of a family member. Our attorneys’ ability to identify causation in truck accidents is a key reason we are able to obtain verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million.
Interstate trucking accident cases are governed and regulated by both Pennsylvania law and by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations. These regulations are more complex than those regulating ordinary car accidents. Our lawyers are adept at working with these regulations to pinpoint violations.
Overloaded and poorly loaded truck accidents occur because someone — the driver or the fleet that trained the driver — did not do his or her job. Our job at Drake, Hileman & Davis is to win compensation for those injuries. If you have been hurt in a tractor-trailer accident, contact our trucking accident lawyers toll free at 888-777-7098. We are available 24 hours a day to take your call. We maintain five offices for your convenience, located in Doylestown, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Stroudsburg.