THE DANGERS OF UNSECURED OR INCORRECTLY LOADED CARGO IN HOUSTON
Thousands of commercial trucks travel along Houston highways each day. These 18-wheelers and semi-trucks carry huge loads of cargo across the country. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry, including how to properly load and secure cargo. Still, many companies fail to comply with these requirements resulting in serious injuries or even deaths.
At The Karam Law Office, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in trucking accidents throughout Sugar Land and the greater Houston area. Our lawyers are well-versed in taking on trucking companies and their insurers. We are unafraid to take your case to trial to get the results you deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, contact our office at (832) 753-1769 to schedule a free consultation.
HOW DOES IMPROPERLY LOADED CARGO CAUSE ACCIDENTS?
Because of their size and weight, large commercial trucks can easily have their center of gravity thrown off by improperly loaded or unsecured cargo. This makes the truck more difficult to maneuver and control, making it extraordinarily dangerous for everyone on the road.
Additionally, a truck that is overloaded and carrying too much cargo is at an increased risk of a tire blowout or other catastrophic event. Accidents caused by incorrectly loaded cargo can have devastating consequences, including multi-car accidents that result in severe injury or death.
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF INCORRECTLY LOADED CARGO?
Improperly loaded cargo can occur any time that the shipping or trucking company fails to properly place, secure, or check the cargo.
Incorrectly loaded cargo may include accidents caused by:
- Unsecured cargo
- Shifting cargo
- Overloaded cargo
- Failing to use tie-downs
- Rolling cargo
- Cargo that is distributed incorrectly
- Equipment failures
If you are involved in a collision with an improperly loaded truck, you need to speak with an attorney. A truck accident lawyer can help you understand your rights, including who can be held liable for your accident.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR A CARGO CATASTROPHE?
In many cases, it is the truck or shipping company that was responsible for loading the cargo. This means that the company itself may be held accountable for the accident. However, in some instances, it may have been the truck operator’s negligence or another motorist that caused the accident. The collision may also have been caused by a defective piece of equipment, meaning that the manufacturer may be held legally responsible for the incident.
It is in your best interest to retain an attorney as early as possible since truck accidents are often complex, and liability may not be straightforward. A lawyer can help investigate the cause of the accident and determine who or what caused your injuries.
INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT? CONTACT OUR OFFICE.
If you were injured in a truck accident in Sugar Land, TX, or the surrounding areas, contact our office at (832) 753-1769 to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call now to get started.