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Truck Accidents and Improperly Loaded Cargo

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on November 29, 2014

A serious truck accident on the side of the roadThe injury victims throughout Central Florida have strong advocates in the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau. We take on difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases, holding negligent parties accountable and fighting for just compensation for our clients.

As we've seen year after year, trucking accidents are often the most serious kinds of motor vehicle collisions, causing major injuries, long-term disability, and even death. While driver fatigue and inattention are common reasons these accidents occur, another danger to keep in mind is the truck's cargo falling into the road in the path of other vehicles.

Poorly Secured Cargo Is a Danger to Everyone

When large trucks are on the road, they already dominate lanes and can be dangerous simply given their size. Yet with poorly secured cargo, that danger is even greater. If the cargo comes loose or a trailer comes unhitched, this can lead to calamitous accidents on the road. The truck driver endangers so many others, and also places himself or herself at risk of severe injury in the process.

Nearby Motorists Are at Risk of Severe Injury

Motorists who are immediately to the side of the truck or behind the truck are at major risk of serious injury if the poorly secured load falls from the truck. This debris becomes a major road hazard, and collisions can be serious. This is especially true when a truck is hauling logs, large boxes, mattresses, and other sizable objects.

The Chance of Multi-Vehicle Collisions Increases

One car crashing means other collisions and crashes are more likely as well. A horrible chain reaction on the road may occur, with car after car piling up after the initial collision.

In addition, the truck may lose control and spill into other lanes, blocking off more of the road. All lanes of traffic may be blocked off, and any approaching motorists will have to slow down quickly or swerve to avoid collisions with the debris and the vehicle(s) directly in front of them.

Trucking Companies Should Know Better and Do Better

Trucking companies have to be safe when it comes to securing cargo as it's shipped. Extra precaution needs to be taken with trailers and large loads to ensure nothing comes lose and become a road hazard in the process.

At rest stops, gas stations, or weigh stations, truck drivers should periodically check the loads they're carrying to make sure they're safely placed and do not risk potentially coming lose and causing harm.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Truck Accident Victims

Any negligence by trucking companies should be brought to the attention of skilled litigators such as our team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau. Our team will hold truck drivers and their employers accountable for any irresponsible actions displayed, and will ensure that they cover medical bills, funerary costs, property damage, and other kinds of hardships related to their acts of negligence.

In addition to seeking compensatory and punitive damages, we will also attempt to the change the company's practices for the better, making them improve safety standards so that accidents like this do not happen again in the future.

Speak with the Attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

For more information about serious truck accidents and your legal options following these sorts of collisions, be sure to contact our personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will help you in your time of legal need, seeking just compensation while holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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