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Unsecured Truck Loads Can Put You in Danger

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Truck Accidents

When an unsecured truck load is on the road, the most careful driver is in danger of a possibly fatal accident. You have likely been driving behind a truck when debris started falling from its trailer. Or, perhaps you have witnessed an incident where a truck load fell while it was traveling down the highway. These situations can pose serious threats to everyone on the road. An unsecured truck load accident can cause a chain reaction affecting lives, health, and safety.

A truck accident can leave you feeling lost and helpless. We can help you decide your next steps and fight for compensation while you focus on recovery. The truck accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are ready to help you get back on track. For a free consultation, call 312-236-2900, or use our online contact form.

Unsecured Truck Loads are Illegal

It is against federal safety regulations to transport unsecured truck loads. Furthermore, all 50 states have statutes leveraging fines or penalties against a party found guilty of carrying an unsecured truck load.

Part of a truck driver’s job is to ensure that loads are secured so that they do not pose a danger to other drivers. If an unsecured load causes a truck accident that injures you, your property, or a loved one, contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as you can.

Common Causes of Unsecured Truck Loads

Debris can fly out and collide with windshields or spill out onto the road, causing driving hazards. This type of unsecured truck load can occur due to several factors:

  • Loading the truck beyond its suggested capacity
  • Not making regular checks on the truck load’s stability
  • Not paying attention to industry and safety standards for securing truck loads
  • Insufficient equipment used to secure the truck load
  • Truck driver speeding

Unsecured truck loads can cause weight imbalance that can result in veering or dangerous overturns.

Unsecured Truck Loads Can Lead to Liability for Negligence

Drivers who cause these accidents because of their unsecured truck loads may be responsible for the damages from the resulting harm and injury. When these accidents occur, they can cause harm to your family through property damage, injury, or the tragic loss of a loved one.

If you or your loved one were in a truck accident due to an unsecured truck load, our law firm can help you. You may be owed damages from the truck owner, the driver, and/or the shipping company.

When the driver, trucking company, or shipping company fails to properly secure a truck load, they may have acted negligently. Most truck accidents are based on negligence. That means that they owed a duty to the public to properly secure a load, but they failed to uphold that duty and damages were caused as a result. This negligence makes them legally liable for damages.

Get answers about your injuries from an unsecured truck load

After an accident due to an unsecured truck load, serious or catastrophic injury can occur, placing the injured person in hospital and rehabilitative care for a long time. Talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer today.

It’s important to contact a lawyer sooner than later after the accident. Experienced truck accident lawyers will consult with an accident investigator to analyze the facts regarding what happened and how the injuries were caused. An accident investigator is more likely to discover important accident details, such as evidence of an unsecured truck load, if a lawyer is contacted as quickly as possible.

A truck accident is one of the most frightening road experiences anyone can endure. Contact the truck accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. and let us help you get the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call 312-236-2900, or use our online contact form.