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Improper Loading of Trucks

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Every year, around 82,000 people are injured in large truck accidents and 3,500 people are fatally injured. A significant portion of these fatalities and injuries are caused by improper loading of cargo in the truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict loading regulations including the way cargo should be loaded, minimum and maximum cargo weights, and how cargo should be secured. When these laws are not followed correctly, improperly loaded trucks can cause injury or even fatalities.

If you were injured in a trucking accident, improper loading may be to blame. Our Atlanta trucking accident attorneys can help you determine liability in your case. We offer personalized, one-on-one attention and in-depth consultations in order to better understand the details of your specific situation.

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What Is Improper Loading?

Improper loading occurs when cargo is incorrectly loaded or secured in the truck. This can cause unstable trucks, creating danger in high traffic areas or around sharp turns.

Improper loading can occur in a number of ways:

  • Overloaded cargo, causing top-heaviness
  • Improperly secured cargo, causing it to shift within the truck
  • Under-filled liquid cargo tank, creating instability

Whether due to an overloaded truck or unsecured cargo, improper loading of a truck can lead to a number of different types of accidents.

Some of the most common types of accidents caused by improper loading include:

  • Jackknife Accidents: If cargo is improperly loaded or is unsecured, it can cause the truck to become unstable. When taking a turn, the cargo can cause the back of the truck to swing toward the front of the truck, also known as jackknifing. This not only endangers the driver of the vehicle but also the rest of the drivers and passengers on the road around the truck.
  • Loose Cargo Accidents: Loose or unsecured cargo has a higher chance of spilling onto the road or hitting another vehicle. When cargo spills onto the road, it can cause injury and damage to multiple vehicles and drivers at one time.
  • Sideswipe Accidents: If a truck is improperly loaded, the back of the truck can swing over into other lanes of traffic causing multiple injuries or fatalities. Because an imbalanced load is difficult to regain control of, this can also turn into a jackknifing accident or a rollover accident quickly.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollover accidents are most common with top-heavy or overloaded vehicles. If a truck needs to make a turn or change lanes, the instability of the cargo can cause the truck to completely turn over, causing injuries or fatalities, and possibly spilling its contents onto the road.

Injured in a Trucking Accident? Call Jenkins Utley, P.C. Today.

If you or a family member has been injured due to an improperly loaded truck, or due to debris from an improperly loaded truck, contact the Atlanta trucking accident lawyers at Jenkins Utley, P.C.. Our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to help navigate these types of claims.

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