If you are involved in a trucking accident, you have a different case from a standard one. Due to their size, weight and other factors, trucks can be dangerous. Accidents involving them may result in significant damages and injuries — far worse than a regular wreck between a couple of cars. Additionally, establishing liability may not be easier since different parties may be held responsible, including the loading company.
Here are three situations when loaders may be liable for a truck accident:
Trucks have a maximum volume of cargo they can carry, and loaders must observe this. When a truck is overloaded, its center of gravity may be raised, increasing its chances of rolling.
Further, overloading increases friction which can wear out brakes, and eventually, they may stop working. The excess weight also puts pressure on the tires, which can burst when the truck is moving.
2. Improper loading
Trucks should be loaded in a particular way, depending on the type and size of the cargo. For instance, heavy loads should be placed first, followed by lighter ones. Also, how solids are loaded is different from liquids.
Improper loading can cause the cargo to shift and can create an imbalance in the truck’s center of gravity. Consequently, a driver may lose control or swerve into other lanes, causing an accident.
3. Unsecured cargo
A loading company should ensure cargo is well secured before letting the truck driver hit the road. An unsecured load can fall from the truck and hit another driver. Even if it doesn’t hit a driver, cargo on the road is an obstacle. If a driver hits the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting it, other drivers may crash into them.
Truck accidents can be complicated. If you are involved in such an accident, you need adequate information to make informed decisions.