Unsecured Loads Cause Accidents
There are strict laws against traveling on public roads and highways with unsecured loads for good reason. Even a small object flying off of the back of a truck can cause an accident resulting in serious injuries or even death. Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are not the only culprits in unsecured load accidents. In fact, a pick-up, a van, or even a car can be guilty of transporting a load without ensuring that it is safely secure. Unsecured loads can also contribute to accidents caused by others. For instance, a few years ago on I-285 in Atlanta, a washing machine fell out of the back of a pickup truck, causing the next driver to swerve into the path of another vehicle. The accident caused the death of a father who was transporting his fourteen year old son home from baseball practice. Because of the weight of the appliance, the home improvement warehouse that loaded it into the back of a customer’s pickup truck, assumed it would not fall onto the roadway. Unfortunately the combination of force and air flow caused by the higher rate of speed, resulted in a tragedy.
Truck drivers are required to perform safety inspections before taking to the road to ensure that everything is secure – pipes, wood, bricks, and other smaller objects are the most common unsecured loads, and the drivers are required by safety regulations to be certain that each and every piece of their load is tied, strapped, or covered to prevent it from flying off of the truck and causing a hazard to other drivers. Even when every precaution is taken, loads can shift, straps can break, and loads can spill onto roadways hitting other vehicles and causing accidents. If the load from that truck topples onto the highway, crushes another vehicle or causes other vehicles to become involved in the accident, then the driver of that truck, or the company that loaded the truck would be liable for the damages caused as a result of their unsecured load.
The Law Offices of Casey W. Stevens has extensive experience with trucking, commercial and personal vehicle accident cases, including those involving unsecured loads.If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that involved an unsecured load, The Law Offices of Casey W. Stevens can help you pursue a claim against those responsible
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