Cargo fell from a tractor trailer in Los Angeles and hit my automobile. What are my legal rights?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. In Los Angeles, automobiles and large tractor trailers traverse the freeways and streets and high rates of speed. No drivers expect to have items thrown at them from passing vehicles. However, trucks are loaded with all types of products that can come loose, particularly if they are not secured properly.

When large trucks have cargo that is not secured, any vehicles unfortunate enough to be in their wake can be seriously damaged. Some experts say that over 50,000 accidents each year are caused by cargo that isn’t properly tied down.

There are very specific rules about how cargo is to be loaded onto tractor trailers. Those regulations are set by federal agencies. The company that loads the cargo, as well as the truck driver, must ensure that cargo is properly loaded and secured before the truck starts driving. Regulations require certain numbers of tie downs, provide specific rules for how some products must be loaded, and also govern how much acceleration and other forces the cargo must be able to withstand. The rules are enforced at weigh stations and other checkpoints. If a truck driver fails to properly secure a load, he or she may face a steep fine.

When cargo does come loose and causes an accident, there may be several parties to blame for the accident. This includes the truck driver, his or her employer, and the company that loaded the materials. The parties may try to point the finger at one another in order to avoid being held liable for damages.

If you have been injured by cargo falling from a truck, you should speak with an attorney. These cases can be complicated, so you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. If you are in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles automobile accident attorney at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.