Overloaded Truck in Missouri

While it might not immediately come to mind, properly loading a commercial truck is an immensely important part of safety procedure. This work actually requires training and an understanding of how these vehicles operate — carelessly loading cargo into a trailer or piling it on a flatbed causes rapid shifts or falling cargo, which can result in catastrophe. The Copeland Law Firm believes that victims of these tragedies of negligence should be compensated and the trucking industry should be held accountable.

Midwest Overweight Truck Attorney

For more than a quarter-century we at The Copeland Law Firm have been working on catastrophic truck accidents, and we are able to undertake the rigorous investigation necessary to build the strongest possible case for negotiation or litigation. This entails:

  • Investigating accident scenes within hours to collect evidence and determine liability
  • Reviewing police reports
  • Consulting with loading experts
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Scrutinizing the driver's record

It is this approach — one that always prepares us so that nothing comes as a surprise — that has helped us obtain many millions of dollars for our clients. Our injury and wrongful death trucking accident cases have included improper loading due to:

  • Improper load checking at correct intervals
  • Falling loads
  • Large and unsecured equipment, including construction vehicles and log skidders
  • Improper or defective tie-downs

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 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 a lawyer, call 573-397-5277 or e-mail the firm.