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Understanding The Risks Of Overloaded And Unsecured Semi-Truck Loads

On the busy highways of northern Illinois, the presence of semi-trucks is a constant, and accidents involving them can be particularly hazardous. Overloaded or improperly secured loads pose a significant threat to everyone on the road. These large vehicles already require more time to stop and more space to maneuver, and when they are burdened with excess weight or shifting cargo, the risk of a catastrophic incident increases exponentially.


At Gill Ports, Ltd., in Chicago, we bring our collective 90 years of experience as personal injury trial lawyers to the forefront in advocating for victims of semi-truck accidents. We understand the complexities of trucking accident cases and have the dedication to pursue justice for those impacted by trucking company negligence. Choosing us means securing a team that is committed to your cause and well-versed in the legal landscape of the Chicago metro area, including Cook, Peoria and Tazewell counties.

The Perils Of Overloading And Improper Loading

The dangers of overloaded and improperly loaded trucks are real and can lead to:

  • Loss of vehicle control, especially in adverse weather conditions
  • Increased wear and tear on truck components, leading to mechanical failure
  • Longer stopping distances, raising the likelihood of rear-end collisions
  • Cargo spillage, creating road hazards for unsuspecting motorists

Why are some trucks improperly loaded? Some reasons for overloading semi-trucks include:

  • Attempting to maximize the shipment size and reduce transportation costs
  • Underestimating the cargo weight during the loading process
  • Overpacking due to pressure to meet delivery deadlines

In addition, cargo is often unsecured because of rushed loading processes or the lack of proper equipment, turning loads into potential projectiles during transit.

The Ultimate Price: Wrongful Death

Tragically, accidents involving overloaded or unsecured loads can result in wrongful death, leaving families struggling with losses of loved ones. In these situations, we can file wrongful death claims to compensate for the survivors’ loss of companionship, emotional distress and financial support.

What Can You Do After A Semi-Truck Accident?

Accident victims and their families will need considerable compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other losses. Meet with one of us to find out how much you will need for past, present and future expenses from the accident. We can file a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties so that you can recover damages.

To prove liability in these cases, we will thoroughly investigate the trucking company and the driver to determine who is at fault for the accident. In some cases, there may be multiple liable parties, such as the trucking company, the driver and any third party that loaded the cargo. We have the experience to review the evidence and determine liability.

Why Choose Us?

At Gill Ports, Ltd., we are attorneys who approach each case with a deep sense of responsibility and a commitment to the well-being of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have suffered the loss of a family member because of an overloaded or unsecured semi-truck load, then we are here to help you navigate this difficult time.

We invite you to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will provide the guidance and support you need to seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today by phone at 312-638-2407 or reach out online to take the first step toward recovery and resolution.