Improperly Loaded Trucks in Davidson County
Attorneys Representing Injured Clients after Serious Truck Crashes
There are millions of commercial trucks registered in the United States, many of which transport goods across the country on a regular basis. The purpose of commercial vehicles is to easily move cargo long distances, and these trucks play a critical role in our economy. However, it is important to remember that commercial trucks – and the cargo they carry – can cause serious accidents and injuries.
While many truck crashes happen due to an error on the part of the truck driver, this is not always the case. There are other parties that may act negligently and lead to a crash, and cargo loading teams can also be liable for accidents. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you need a legal team that can identify the cause of the crash, including whether it happened due to improperly loaded cargo. Contact Bednarz Law right away.
How Cargo Loading Leads to Accidents
Semi-trucks carry many, many types of cargo. Cargo can include boxes of food or beverages, furniture, liquids such as hot water or gasoline, cars and trucks, lumber or timber, animals, and even houses. Each type of cargo has its own procedures for loading and securement. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also has strict securement guidelines. When a cargo-loading team fails to properly load or secure cargo according to these guidelines, serious accidents can occur.
The following are some ways that cargo can cause a commercial truck to crash:
- An overloaded trailer makes the truck too heavy and the driver is unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Cargo that is not secured in a trailer can shift around and throw the trailer off balance, causing the driver to lose control or resulting in a jackknife accident.
- A tanker truck that is not properly filled can have liquid sloshing around, also throwing the trailer off balance and causing serious problems.
Improperly loaded and secured cargo can also result in dangerous cargo spills. For example, if large pieces of lumber are being transported on a flatbed trailer and come unsecured, these huge logs can fall off the trailer and into the roadway. They may fall onto other cars or cause a series of collisions.
Cargo-loading teams may be employed by a truck company or by a third-party corporation. In either case, the liable company should cover all the losses of accident victims. Our attorneys know how to identify responsible parties and file all the necessary insurance or legal claims.
Find Out How Our Davidson CountyTruck Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Bednarz Law, we have seen just how devastating truck accident injuries can be. We represent clients with a wide range of injuries and losses, and we fight for their rights to the compensation they deserve. The sooner you call our truck accident attorneys, the sooner we can begin working for your best interests. Call our Nashville office at 615-256-0100, our Hendersonville office at 615-590-7276, or reach out to us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.