Unsecured Cargo Load Injuries. Have you or someone you love been injured by an unsecured cargo load? Unsecured cargo can fall or break loose from 18-wheelers, flatbed trucks, box trucks, tractor trailer, transfer dump trucks and other commercial vehicles, creating obstacles on the roadway that cause injuries and kill following motorists.
Unsecured or poorly balanced loads can also shift, causing a truck or tractor trailer to brake poorly or rollover, resulting in serious highway crashes.
Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP who specialize in motor vehicle accident lawsuits represent people injured as a result of unsecured cargo loads, and offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of such accidents. If you or loved one sustained serious injuries thanks to a truck’s unsecured or poorly balanced cargo load, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To learn more about the legal options available to you and to protect your legal rights, please contact one of our personal injury lawyers today.
Unsecured Cargo Load Accidents
Unsecured cargo is dangerous and potentially deadly. Debris, cargo or equipment falling off a tractor-trailer or truck bed can cause serious accidents and injuries to other drivers on the road. Unsecured cargo loads often play a significant role in many types of truck accidents, including:
- Overturned trucks on curves and corners
- Jackknife accidents when cargo shifts
- Cargo or tarps falling onto the roadway
- Hazardous cargo spills
In 2004, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that 25,000 motor vehicle accidents are caused each year by unsecured cargo on highways. Federal law places strict limits on the amount of weight a semi truck can carry on the highway. Trucks that are overloaded in violation of federal law are more difficult to control and take longer to brake.
Unsecured cargo loads can also shift when a driver tries to brake, resulting in a jackknifed truck or a truck that flips over around tight turns. Cargo that comes loose and falls from a truck can fly into oncoming traffic, leading to horrific, multi-vehicle traffic accident.
Determining liability in an unsecured cargo load accident can be complex. The truck driver has a duty to inspect the load before every trip, while the trucking company bound by specific federal regulations on securing freight. The shipper also has a duty in properly loading and tying down cargo.
When our personal injury lawyers pursue unsecured cargo load injury claims, they conduct an extensive investigation to determine liability and preserve important evidence. Such an investigation is vital to ensure that victims of unsecured cargo injuries receive all of the compensation they deserve.
Need Legal Help for Victims of Unsecured Cargo Load?
If you or someone you love were injured by an unsecured cargo load, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today for your free lawsuit consultation with one of the experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP.