Before a truck driver gets behind the wheel, he or she should carefully check his or her cargo to ensure that it is still tightly secured to the trailer. If the cargo is imbalanced or breaks lose while driving, it can cause devastating accidents. Depending on the type of load, motorists caught behind or alongside the 18-wheeler or semi truck may be crushed by the unexpected barrage of falling cargo or forced to make dangerous emergency maneuvers to avoid the debris.
Truck drivers need to make sure that their vehicles as well as their loads are safe enough to be on the road. Prior to a long drive, they should inspect the locks or fasteners used to secure cargo as well as make sure that it is properly balanced. Loose or imbalanced cargo can lead to the following safety concerns:
These kinds of accidents can leave other motorists with significant injuries, but drivers hurt as a result of a truck driver’s errors may be able to take legal action.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s errors, you may be entitled to certain legal options. For more information about the process involved in filing a claim and how an attorney can help you, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page today.