You may not have seen it coming. The truck driver was going a safe speed and driving steadily, so you assumed you were out of harm’s way as you followed the massive rig down the road. Suddenly, however, the trailer moved strangely as though it was out of balance—and before you knew it, the truck had rolled over. Your car struck the trailer after it rolled, and while you survived, you suffered serious injuries.
This scenario is a common one on today’s roads and highways, and is often attributed to shifting cargo loads contained on or in the trailer of a truck. Many people assume that the accident was just that—simply an accident. When it comes to cargo load shifting, however, negligence may have played a greater part than you could imagine.
The Strict Rules and Regulations of Proper Cargo Loading
When you head out on the road, maybe on a road trip or run to the grocery store, you probably load your belongings into your car as neatly as possible, but beyond that you don’t think much about securing the load.
As commercial operators, trucking companies (including drivers, shippers, etc.) are held to a much higher standard when it comes to loading their trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rules dictating how cargo must be tied down. Drivers must inspect the security of these loads regularly throughout their journey to ensure that the load remains secure, and failure to do so can result in serious penalties.
If a load becomes unsecured and shifts dangerously, odds are high that negligence played a part. Perhaps the driver did not check the load as often as he should have, or the lashing used by the shipper was of poor quality. Whatever the breakdown in responsibility, if you were hurt as a result, you deserve compensation.
When You’re Hurt in a Wreck, Call Augusta Truck Accident Lawyer Chris Hudson Today
Trucking accidents injury cases can be incredibly complex due to the multiple parties involved, and without an experienced attorney, you may find yourself up against a larger legal force than you expected. If you were hurt in a truck wreck that involved unsecured cargo, let attorney Chris Hudson protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve—call today to schedule your free consultation.