Semi-trucks that are overloaded or incorrectly loaded might result in fatal accidents. What comes to mind when you think of a horrible truck accident? If you're like most people, you're picturing a large truck rushing down the road and colliding with a car – or even many automobiles. While this is one method a large rig might cause an accident, there are several more ways they can do so — and these incidents are all too frequently tragic.
Another common cause of truck accidents is when trucks are carrying too many goods or transporting it inappropriately. There are regulations in place to prevent accidents like this from happening, but they are not always followed. If you have been involved in a truck accident involving goods, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Regulations limit the amount of cargo that vehicles can transport
There are rules in place that limit what a vehicle may lawfully transport. For example, there are regulations governing the permitted total load size of a big rig and how that weight is transported. If the trucking business fails to follow these regulations and an accident occurs, the injured party may be entitled to sue the trucker or the trucking company for negligence.
Loads must be secured in accordance with additional rules
There are restrictions that govern not only what a truck may lawfully transport, but also how that legal cargo can be secured. If a truck driver fails to secure his load properly, the consequences might be disastrous. Consider the case of a vehicle transporting huge metal pipes. The pipes might fall free, roll off the truck, and destroy any cars they come into touch with if they are piled and secured down incorrectly.
There are restrictions on how much weight a vehicle can transport
Even if a vehicle has lawful cargo and is properly secured, exceeding the maximum weight limit might cause major problems. You may have noticed weight stations along the road for this same reason: to identify automobiles that are overweight and endangering others.
Your lawyer can assist you in holding the at-fault person accountable
If you were hurt in a truck accident, one of the first things The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker would do is determine if the maximum weight limit was exceeded. If it was, we'll investigate if it had a role in the accident. We'll then look at how it was loaded to determine whether it was overloaded or loaded incorrectly. If we discover that any of these flaws were present, we may be able to file a lawsuit against a number of individuals, including the truck driver, his or her employer, and the cargo firm that loaded the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call us right away at 800-333-0000. We are ready to provide you with a free legal consultation.