Improperly Loaded and Overloaded Trucks
How a truck is loaded matters. Fast braking or sharp turns when combined with an unbalanced load can cause a truck to lose control, jackknife, or tip over, putting people in nearby cars and trucks in grave danger.
Overloaded Truck Accidents
We have litigated truck accident cases for more than 75 years, so the personal injury lawyers at Gray Ritter Graham in St. Louis know how to investigate them. Because the injuries in truck accidents are so serious and cause such substantial losses, we explore all possible causes.
- Many trucks on the highway have been "up fitted" — the interiors of the trailers have been changed to fit the specific requirements of the trucking company and the types of cargo it expects to haul. There are no requirements to meet safety standards.
- Too much weight in a truck can cause an overloaded truck accident. The additional weight can increase the damage the truck causes to other vehicles involved.
- When the cargo is not properly tied down, a load shift can cause a rollover or jackknife accident.
- Falling debris is an all-too-common highway hazard. When cargo in an open truck is improperly secured, falling debris can smash into other vehicles, causing serious injuries.
Hazardous Cargo and Spills
At GRG, we pursue fair compensation for victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries in a truck accident due to exposure to hazardous materials. Some of the injuries include:
- Burns and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Gastrointestinal damage
- Loss of eyesight
Our Attorneys Thoroughly Investigate Every Truck Accident.
Serious injury and wrongful death are often the result of multiple mistakes. Our personal injury attorneys determine all the causes of a truck accident and hold accountable those responsible. Contact us for a consultation if you or a loved one has been in a truck accident. We represent clients in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and the surrounding region.