Being involved in an accident with a large commercial truck can have a devastating outcome for you and everyone in your vehicle. While there are many causes of semi-truck accidents, one that isn’t discussed often is improper loading.
Improper loading is an issue that can cause the truck’s trailer to be off-balance and present hazards to the truck driver and others on the road. If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck with an improperly loaded trailer, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries.
The dangers of improper loading in semi-trucks
If the truck’s trailer isn’t loaded properly, it could cause several issues that may increase the risk of an accident, such as:
- An unbalanced load
- Excess weight in the trailer
- Improper securing of the cargo
All these issues can result in a serious accident.
Improper loading in semis and the increased risk of accidents
An unbalanced load can impact the truck’s handling. If the trailer isn’t balanced, the truck’s components are put under extreme strain, which may cause them to fail and result in an accident.
If the trailer’s weight is too high due to being overloaded with cargo, it causes additional issues. For example, excess weight may make it even harder for a large truck to stop quickly. While there are weight stations in place to prevent this, trucks with too much weight in cargo are on the roads every day.
It’s also necessary for cargo to be secured properly. Failure to do this can result in it shifting around and causing the driver to lose control.
Protecting your rights after a truck accident
If you are in a truck accident and you find out it was caused by an issue with the cargo, there are a few parties that may be liable. It’s best to work with a legal professional to ensure the right party is held liable and that you get the compensation you deserve.