Commercial trucks have the duty to carry and deliver their load to their desired destinations. In their desire to finish their jobs in the quickest possible way, there are instances when the load is improperly loaded. When this happens, the truck may become unstable and the cargo that they carry may spill out into the road. A Milwaukee truck accident attorney will tell you that an unsecured load can shift during transit and cause serious injuries to motorists.
There are many instances that an improperly loaded cargo can cause truck accidents. For one, a box that shifts or flies off the truck can cause a chain reaction which can result to the driver swerving or braking suddenly to avoid the falling or flying debris. Once hit by the falling object, it can damage the windshield of the motor vehicle. Depending on the load, trucks carrying unsecured cargo can lead to serious accidents on the road. Common truck accidents caused by improper loading may include:
- Rear accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Accidents due to cargo or debris on the road
- Jackknife accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
Improper loading happens when the personnel who load the cargo are improperly trained and fail to check their loads regularly. It also happens when the driver is driving recklessly. To prevent accidents from happening, it is important for trucking companies to have stringent safety regulations when loading cargo to trucks especially if the load involves volatile or hazardous materials such as chemicals or toxic waste. Trucks have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that is indicated on the truck’s plate. Trucks are not allowed to carry more than its GVWR and they are expected to regularly visit weigh stations along their routes to make sure that they have the right load.
Their sheer size has already put at risk divers of motor vehicles. Improperly loading their cargo can add on to that risk and may increase the likelihood of injuries or fatalities.read more