Did you know that an improperly loaded semi-truck can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver? In fact, truck accidents caused by improperly secured cargo are on the rise. These types of accidents often result in severe injury or death. A fully loaded semi can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and improperly loaded cargo poses a serious risk to the public.
To prevent these accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has put in place strict regulations governing the securement of truck cargo. Drivers and trucking companies who fail to comply with these regulations face stiff penalties.
Unfortunately, accidents caused by improperly loaded trucks are all too common. In 2017, there were over 11,000 accidents caused by unsecured truck cargo. These accidents resulted in over 500 deaths and more than 15,000 injuries.
Many different types of accidents can be caused by improperly loaded trucks. Some of the most common include:
If you’ve been involved in an accident with an improperly loaded truck, it’s essential to know who is liable. The truck driver, trucking company, or cargo loader may be held responsible. Trucking companies must hire competent drivers, follow all regulations for maintaining their fleet, and abide by FMSCA regulations.
Other parties may be responsible as well, depending on the situation. The driver could be held accountable if they were driving recklessly, speeding, driving under the influence, or in other negligent cases.
If you see a truck on the road with improperly secured cargo, the best thing to do is stay as far away from it as possible. These accidents can happen without warning and often result in severe injury or death.If you have been involved in an accident with an improperly loaded truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your vehicle damages and injuries.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident, we can help you get the justice you deserve. Contact Saladino & Schaaf today or call us at 270-444-0406 (Paducah Office) or 270-753-1529 (Murray Office) to schedule a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but the clock is ticking.
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