It is a truck driver’s responsibility to ensure that cargo loads are secured so as not to pose hazards to other drivers. If loose or unsecured cargo resulted in a truck accident that injured you or a family member, contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner after the accident, the more likely an investigator may be able to discover important details such as evidence of an unsecured load.
Loads carried on an open flatbed should be tied down. If logs or other long pieces of material extend beyond the length of the flatbed, they should have red flags attached to them to warn drivers following behind not to get too close. Cargo in a dump truck should be secured so as not to fly out and create debris-strewn paths of danger for other vehicles.
Cargo inside a tractor-trailer should also be secured to avoid weight imbalance that could cause the trailer to veer into another lane of traffic during lane changes or turns. Failure to properly secure loads in a tractor-trailer is a violation of federal safety regulations.
After a truck accident causes serious or catastrophic injury, it is common for the injured person to be in the hospital and then in a rehabilitation facility for months. To discover evidence such as truck cargo being loose or unsecured, it is important to begin an investigation promptly. Talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer today.
The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A. in Fayetteville offers free initial consultations, including home and hospital visits. We handle cases on a contingency basis. This means we front the costs of expert testimony and collect attorney fees only if we help the injured person obtain compensation.