Trucks transport a significant majority of goods shipped across the country. That’s several billion tons of freight on the move in any given year.
Transporting such heavy cargo comes at a risk for other road users. In addition, the stakes are much higher than in an accident. Besides the truck’s weight, its load can weigh several times that of the average car, and serious accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries for smaller vehicle occupants.
Here is what could go wrong with improperly secured loads
When a truck’s load is not secured properly, it could shift and cause the truck to overturn. In some cases, poorly secured cargo could come loose, posing a hazard to other road users.
An improperly secured load can also affect a truck’s braking, which can be deadly. If it suddenly pushes forward as the driver is braking, the brakes may fail, leading to a crash.
What the law says about improperly secured cargo
Properly securing cargo goes a long way in preventing accidents involving trucks. It is part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association safety regulations that drivers, trucking companies and loading crews should adhere to when securing the load.
When either party fails in ensuring that the cargo is well secured, it is negligence, and they could be held responsible for a crash.
Protecting your interests after a trucking accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident caused by unsecured cargo, you need to hold the negligent party accountable and recover full compensation. However, it is crucial to note that a trucking accident claim is unlike a regular claim.
There is a possibility of multiple liable parties, and the injuries suffered tend to be more severe. Therefore, it is advisable to have the proper information to increase your chances of a successful claim.
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