Chesapeake Truck Accident Lawyer Report : Improperly Secured Loads Can Lead to Lawsuits
As road users we expect loads to remain on tractor trailers but we have all seen the situation in which a load appears to be loose on a truck, leading us to keep our distance. In rare cases a load can fall with potentially hazardous results for other motorists.
On occasions a falling load or another piece of debris can have a devastating effect. In July, 2012, a young boy was killed and his mother was seriously injured in Atlanta, Georgia, when
part of a transmission from a truck flew off a tractor trailer and smashed through the windshield of a Chevrolet.
On occasions, a truck driver loses control of his big rig because of shifting or falling cargo. We see a variety of different loads falling ranging from lumber, or other building products to furniture.
In some cases, heavy equipment being transported to building sites may break from its moorings.
As experienced Norfolk truck accident attorneys, we are familiar with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations that specify how a big rig’s load must be secured, balanced and contained so as the truck’s stability and maneuverability are not adversely affected.
A trucking company needs to know how the vehicle’s cargo is properly secured and all of the comprehensive federal specifications, to get a license to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
When a load falls off a truck and injures another party, or a badly secured load causes a truck to crash, hurting others, it may lead to a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company and its driver.