Truck accidents are sometimes caused by their cargo
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 31, 2015 in Truck Accidents
Even though the accident involved in the following story didn't occur here in Connecticut, the wreck still holds a valuable lesson -- legally speaking -- for people who are victims of truck accidents. The wreck in question involves a truck that had some loose cargo. It fell off of the truck bed and spilled into the road, becoming entangled in the wreck that the truck was inevitably involved in.
Details are a little sparse about this wreck, but the main point is not lost: cargo plays a major part in some truck accidents. In some cases, the cargo causes the actual accident. In other cases, the truck crashes because of the cargo, may it be due to an imbalanced load or cargo that exceeds the vehicle's maximum carrying capacity.
Cargo is supposed to be properly loaded and secured on any truck, but it's especially important that this happens on those massive big-rig trucks. The truck driver has some responsibility here, as he or she must ensure his or her vehicle is properly loaded before driving off, and the driver should also inform his or her supervisors if the truck feels like it isn't handling properly due to heavy cargo.
The truck company can also hold some liability in these situations too. This is why it is critical for anyone injured in a truck accident to make sure they have legal help in the wake of the wreck. There are certain elements of the wreck, and of the law, that they simply won't consider or realize -- and a lawyer can help in this regard.
Source: KSL.com, "Refrigerator rolls off truck after accident, causes closure on I-15," Betsy Tracy, Jan. 3, 2015