Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2023 at 11:00 am
There have been a lot of trucks on the road lately, and that’s good because it means our supply chain issues are improving. Americans rely on big rigs to transport many items and commodities nationwide. That cargo, however, can cause a truck accident with devastating consequences for other drivers on the road.
Cargo must be loaded in a secure way that does not fall off the truck or affect the truck’s drivability. This carries specific responsibilities for both the driver and the carrier, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spells out.
Some ways cargo can go wrong include:
- Overloading a trailer above its weight limit. This will affect the distance it takes for the truck to stop and its maneuverability.
- Cargo may be loaded in such a way that the center of gravity is too high, making the vehicle unstable.
- Improper bracing, blocking, or covering can result in an accident, as can using the wrong type of tie wrap or an inadequate number of them.
- The cargo’s weight distribution may be off, making the truck unstable and difficult to maneuver.
When cargo loading errors occur, it may negatively affect the driver’s ability to safely steer, accelerate, change lanes, turn, brake, and stop. It may even lead to a rollover accident.
Help For Truck Accident Victims
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by improperly loaded cargo, you’ll want our experienced attorneys handling this type of case. We will investigate your accident and assemble the strongest case possible to get the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a truck accident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling (916) 999-9000 or toll-free (800) 712-2000.