Drivers don’t expect to be hit by large objects suddenly while they are driving. However, drivers share the roads with many large cargo trucks that are loaded with products that may come loose at any time if they aren’t properly secured. When large trucks lose all or part of their cargo, it can cause serious damage to the vehicles in their path.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set specific regulations on the proper loading of cargo. It is necessary for both the company that loads the truck and the truck driver to ensure that all the cargo is correctly loaded and secured before it hits the road. Cargo must be able to withstand acceleration, backing, and turning forces. Some commodities such as logs, pipes, and other large items must be strapped down in specific ways. Federal law also has a minimum number of tie downs, which depends on size and weight.
If cargo comes loose and causes an accident, it may not be simple to determine who is liable. The truck driver, the trucking company, and the warehouse where the cargo was loaded could all potentially be liable. Each of the potentially responsible parties may try to blame the others in order to avoid liability.
If you have been harmed in an accident caused by falling cargo, it’s critical that you have legal representation to investigate which parties are liable, and to ensure that you are properly compensated for your losses. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.