According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 300,000 truck accidents in 2012 causing over 100,000 injuries and almost 4,000 fatalities. These accidents can cause serious, catastrophic and deadly injuries. Experts agree, that one of the leading causes of truck accidents is improper loading.
What is improper loading?
If a truck was not loaded properly or cargo is not properly secured, items can come lose when trucks turn, change directions, or accelerate or brake quickly. This can cause loads to fall, or shift and become imbalanced causing trucks to tip and accidents to occur. Overloaded trucks can result in brake problems and tire blowouts. When trucks are loaded in a way to make them top heavy rollovers can occur, and if weight is not dispersed evenly throughout the truck, but instead concentrated in the back, trucks can jackknife.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has clear and exacting rules regarding cargo. There are specific limits on weight, securement devices, and blocking and bracing based on the type of cargo and truck involved. The reason for these requirements is clear: to reduce the likelihood of improper loading and the dangers it poses to everyone on the road.
Consider contacting a personal injury lawyer
When traveling the busy roadways of West Virginia, it isn’t uncommon for vehicles to share the lanes with truck drivers. If the trucks are carrying their load improperly, an accident can ensue. It’s important to know that truck accidents differ from other automobile accidents. After a car accident, you are typically dealing with one or two insurance companies. Truck accidents often involve multiple insurance carriers. Truck accidents also often involve more in-depth investigations and the use of accident reconstructionists.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer for help. Not only will the attorney be able to help answer your questions and address your concerns, he or she also will be able to help develop a strategy for your case so you can obtain the settlement you deserve.