When Shifting Cargo or Improperly Loaded Cargo Leads to a Serious Kentucky Truck Accident
Earlier this May, a Paducah man was injured when a dump truck carrying logs and other tree debris overturned. The man driving the truck met another car at the top of a hill and overcorrected, causing passenger-side tires to drop off the edge of the road, overturning his vehicle. The load of logs and truck debris scattered across the roadway. The driver was transported to the hospital with injuries considered non-incapacitating. Unfortunately, there are many auto accidents across the United States which are the result of improperly loaded cargo or cargo that has shifted.
In some instances, the truck is simply overloaded, causing a dangerous shift in weight, and an increase in the likelihood of an accident. Other times, cargo is not properly tied down, causing a rollover or jackknife accident. Finally, falling debris from an improperly secured load can either fall onto other vehicles, or fall into the roadway, causing dangerous issues which can lead to serious auto accidents.
Accidents Caused by Improperly Loaded or Shifting Cargo Usually Preventable
Shifting loads, improperly loaded cargo, or improperly secured cargo are almost always preventable. This means that reasonable steps were not taken to prevent a potentially serious accident, involving drivers, passengers, pedestrians and others. There are regulations in place which require shipping companies and truck drivers to load trucks in a safe manner, and follow regulations concerning securing cargo, the weight of the cargo and the proper loading of cargo.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires truck drivers to check the load during his or her pre-trip inspection, and again after 25 miles. After that, the driver is required to check the load every time he or she stops and parks the truck. When mistakes are made which results in a shifting load, which in turn results in a serious accident, the negligent party must be held accountable.
After a devastating trucking accident, it can be difficult to know who is ultimately responsible for your accident – and your injuries. In many cases, numerous parties will share in the responsibility. The truck driver, the trucking company, the loading company and the manufacturer of the truck could all share in some of the responsibility. An experienced Louisville trucking accident attorney can investigate your accident and determine who is truly to blame.
Contact Our Louisville and Lexington Trucking Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Kentucky trucking accident injury lawyer immediately. To learn more about your legal rights, contact experienced Louisville trucking accident attorney, Kevin Sciantarelli, today for a free consultation. Call 1-855-538-4611 or fill out our online contact form for more information.