Did An Overloaded Truck Cause Your Accident?

An improperly loaded commercial truck is a lot more dangerous than many people realize. Truckers receive specialized training and must follow specific procedures for doing it correctly and safely. Cargo that is carelessly loaded onto a flatbed or into a trailer can lead to catastrophe because of shifting or falling cargo.

If you suspect that an overloaded or improperly balanced truck caused you injures in an accident, The Copeland Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri, will help you. We believe that truck accident victims should receive compensation — such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering — for their losses and the trucking industry should be held accountable.

Experienced And Thorough Legal Assistance When You Need It

For more than a quarter-century our legal team has been helping personal injury victims and their families following catastrophic truck accidents. These accidents require thorough investigation and evidence gathering techniques, including:

  • Visiting the accident scene within hours
  • Collecting evidence at the scene and on the vehicles involved
  • Talking with witnesses
  • Reviewing police reports and the other driver's driving records
  • Consulting with truck loading experts

A Track Record Of Success

Representing accident victims such as yourself for many years means that there isn't much we have not seen before, including:

  • Failure to check for property loading regularly during a drive
  • Cargo falling off flatbeds
  • Improperly secured construction vehicles and other heavy duty equipment
  • Inadequate or defective tie-downs for cargo

This experience has allowed us to help clients obtain many millions of dollars for their losses. One of our successful cases:

A semi-truck driver did not check the truck's connection to his trailer before heading down I-70 in St. Charles, Missouri. Shortly thereafter the trailer disengaged and crashed into a Columbia police officer driving his private vehicle. The officer suffered only a soft-tissue injury with no broken bones and required no surgery, so the trucking company refused to make a settlement offer. After filing the suit in Federal Court and undertaking a four-day trial, the jury awarded the officer total damages of $300,000.

To discuss any aspect of an accident caused by an overloaded truck or an overloaded trailer in a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call 573-397-5277 or e-mail us today.