When Overloaded Trucks and Unsecured Loads Cause Serious Injury Accidents
A perfectly loaded and secured big-rig truck is hazardous enough in the event of an accident. If the truck is overloaded or the cargo is not properly secured, the risks of catastrophe multiply. Semi truck accidents caused partly or wholly by weight-limit violations or unsecured loads are an excellent example of how important it is for injury victims to secure experienced legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident. Immediate examination of the accident scene and the vehicles themselves makes it much easier to determine if overloading or improper loading helped cause the accident.
Highway authority records, driver log books and company records can also provide evidence of overloading and improper loading.
Causes of Truck Accidents: Improper Loading and Weight-Limit Violations
We have all seen the weigh stations alongside interstates and other arterial transportation roads. Why is weight and loading so important in the trucking industry?
- Although big-rig trucks can carry a lot of weight, they do not have infinite capacity. Overweight trucks are harder for the driver to control.
- When a truck carries cargo that is not properly secured, other drivers are endangered by the possibility of cargo falling from the back of the truck.
- If the cargo inside the truck is not properly secured and shifts while the truck is in motion, the equilibrium change can make the driver lose control. Jackknife and rollover accidents are often caused by shifting cargo.
Drivers and truck operators need training in how to properly load their vehicles. Trucking companies need policies and procedures designed to ensure that all loads are properly secured, to minimize the risk of avoidable accidents.
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys Available Nationwide
Greenberg & Stone, is a nationwide, AV-rated* law firm whose attorneys have more than 60 years’ collective experience protecting the legal rights of injury victims against insurance companies that try to minimize our clients’ compensation or deny liability altogether.
To determine who is truly at fault in truck accident cases, we conduct thorough and complete investigations with the assistance of local associate law firms and our Rapid Response Team. We also consult with industry experts to determine all sources of fault. Depending on the facts of the case, we may bring lawsuits against the driver of the truck or the trucking company responsible for the loading.
This thorough approach has helped us achieve a record of favorable jury verdicts and settlements. While past successes do not guarantee future results, our lawyers will continue to pursue successful results with every injury lawsuit we accept.
To learn more about our law firm or ask questions about a specific claim, call us toll free at 888-499-9700. From our headquarters in Miami, we represent accident victims nationwide.
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