Commercial Truck Cargo and Loading Issues
Get Guidance from a San Bernardino Truck Accident Attorney
Were you injured in a truck accident that was influenced by poor loading of cargo or an overloaded truck? A San Bernardino truck accident attorney may be able to help. The manner in which cargo is loaded onto a commercial truck can influence braking, steering and stress placed on various vehicle systems. If a truck is overloaded or cargo is not properly balanced, a driver's ability to steer and brake may be compromised, even in normal traffic and road conditions. In an emergency or in adverse road, weather or traffic conditions, a driver will be at a far greater risk of losing control, jackknifing or rolling over. Unsecure cargo presents another hazard, as objects could fall from the truck while it is on the road, striking other vehicles or creating dangerous obstacles.
When truck drivers, loading companies or trucking companies are negligent or careless in loading commercial vehicles, they may be held liable. A victim may be able to pursue a personal injury action against the responsible party to seek financial compensation for injuries, expenses and losses stemming from his or her injuries. This may include money for property damage, lost earnings, medical bills, ongoing medical care and even pain, suffering and emotional trauma.
At Pacific Attorney Group, we believe in seeking justice for the injured. We have more than three-and-a-half decades of legal experience and are completely dedicated to our clients, putting their needs first as we seek the best result on their behalf. You can discuss your truck accident and the steps our San Bernardino personal injury firm can take by calling for a free, confidential review of your case. We are always happy to answer your questions and see how we can help.
What happens when cargo is not secure?
For safety reasons, cargo needs to be properly secured in a commercial truck. If it is not secure, it may come loose during transport and fall from the truck, where it may then collide with another vehicle or leave a dangerous obstacle on the road for motorists to hit. When you think about the extremely large or hazardous products a commercial truck may be carrying, such as lumber, construction equipment or gasoline, it is easy to see why this can be such a serious situation. Unsecure cargo can also shift during transport, affecting the maneuverability of a truck and increasing the chances of an accident.
Unbalanced and Overloaded Trucks
Loads should be properly balanced so drivers have maximum control of their vehicles. If a load is not balanced to the left, right, front or back of a trailer, a driver may not be able to steer or brake properly. The driver may even find that the vehicle tips over during a normal maneuver. Overloaded trucks present similar dangers, affecting maneuverability and also putting undue stress on brakes, suspension, axles, steering and other truck parts. These may wear out quickly or may malfunction altogether, causing an accident.
Help for Truck Accident Victims in San Bernardino
Trying to figure out why a truck accident occurred and who should be held responsible can be complex. With the resources to investigate these cases, however, the legal professionals at our firm can provide invaluable counsel. If an overloaded truck, unsecure cargo or unbalanced truck load was the cause of your accident, we can determine how to prove this in order to seek a fair settlement or award. Contact our firm today to see what we can do to help with your claim.