Overloading as a Factor in Truck Accidents
Federal regulations limit the total weight of tractor-trailer rigs and other freight hauling trucks. Aside from the stress on bridges and roads, an overweight truck is harder to stop, increasing the chances of a collision and causing more damage when those crashes occur.
At Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., we look into the truck's weight and cargo if we suspect that caused or contributed to a crash. Our personal injury lawyers have a solid record of settlements and verdicts in truck accident litigation in the greater Kansas City area.
It is important that we investigate quickly before the truck is hauled off for repairs (or put back on the road). Call us day or night at 816-421-6868 for a free consultation.
Missouri 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys
An overweight tractor-trailer:
- Requires greater stopping distance
- Can cause brakes or tires to fail
- Reduces the driver's steering control
- Is more likely to jackknife or tip over
- Transfers greater energy in a crash, making injuries worse or death more likely
Trial lawyers Lee Dempsey and Bob Kingsland bring more than 50 years of combined experience to the pursuit of full compensation for the horrible injuries in truck accidents.
Proving that the truck exceeded weight restrictions is easy enough. Does the negligence go deeper than that? Did the trucker intentionally avoid a weigh station? Has the trucking company been cited in the past for overloading its vehicles? Was the truck driver also speeding or tailgating?
We also explore whether third parties that loaded the trailer or owned the freight have any liability. This may be important if a catastrophic injury or wrongful death exceeds the trucking firm's policy limits.
We work closely with medical consultants, economists and other professionals to calculate fair compensation that takes into account the long-term impact on the victim and family members.
Kansas City Lawyers for an Overweight Truck Crash
Contact us soon — we take cases in Missouri and Kansas. There is no fee for the initial consultation and no attorney fees at all unless we recover compensation.