Though large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles are expected to share the road safely, serious collisions often occur. When they happen, it's usually the passenger vehicle driver and occupants who bear the brunt of injuries and damages.
That's because smaller vehicles are grossly outmatched by massive big rigs, 18-wheelers, semis, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded with cargo.
Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies are required to comply with cargo securement rules imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates interstate trucking in the U.S. When drivers or other trucking company workers fail to abide by the FMCSA's loading and securement requirements, truck cargo can shift dangerously during transit, potentially causing the driver to lose control of the rig and cause an accident.
Overloaded trailers, or cargo stacked too high, unbalanced, off-centered, or inadequately secured, can result in catastrophic accidents. Common types of truck accidents associated with improperly loaded cargo include:
- Braking malfunctions
- Spilled cargo crashes
- Head-on collisions, especially if shifting cargo causes the driver to lose control of the truck and drift into a lane with oncoming traffic
Victims injured in accidents caused by negligence of a commercial driver, trucking company, or freight handler, may be entitled to compensation. This financial recovery might potentially cover economic and non-economic damages, such as crash-related medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
If you were hurt in a truck accident caused by improperly-loaded cargo, working with an experienced attorney can help ensure you receive fair compensation for injuries and other losses.
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