Truck accidents happen for many well-documented reasons, from speeding to distracted driving to drunk driving. However, one thing that tends to go a bit under the radar, despite the danger, is the fact that some accidents happen when there is a shift in the load that the truck is carrying.
For instance, these issues often happen when someone does not secure the load properly. When it is initially put into the back of the truck, the balance is perfectly on center and there is no problem. The lack of security, though, means that it shifts the next time that the truck goes around the corner. This can make the truck harder to control due to the changed weight disbursement, or it can even make the truck roll.
The strapping system used to hold the load in place isn’t the only reason, though. Load shifts also happen when drivers:
- Speed up too quickly
- Hit the brakes too hard to stop in a short distance
- Take corners at a high rate of speed
- Have too much space inside the trailer
- Drive on uneven ground
No matter why the shift happens, there is a danger for those near the truck at that critical moment. The truck could drift off of the road, roll or otherwise go out of control, striking vehicles around it. The driver may not be able to prevent the crash, try as they might. It can be impossible to get the truck back under control once again.
If you get injured in an accident with an out-of-control truck, you need to know how to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs. Don’t leave your future to the mercy of the trucking company and insurance adjusters. Make sure you have experienced representation in your corner.