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What You Need to Know About Truck Cargo Accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2017 | Truck Accident

Tractor trailers and large commercial trucks travel through Kansas City all the time, and they are all over the roads across our nation. At any given moment, there are tens of thousands of these trucks driving on the same roads as smaller vehicles that carry families, loved ones, friends and innocent people. When these trucks are involved in an accident, it is likely that serious injuries will occur due to their large, powerful nature, and the accident victims could require major medical care.

But this is the typical way we tend to think about truck accidents. We picture a truck colliding with other cars, and we think it was due to negligence or recklessness. However, those aren’t the only two factors to consider. Sometimes the cargo of a truck can directly or indirectly cause an accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have guidelines around cargo securement, overloading and other cargo-related rules that commercial vehicles in the trucking industry are supposed to strictly follow.

There are many factors that cause a trucker to lose control and a truck accident ensues.

Common Causes of Truck Cargo Accidents

The cargo of a large truck can cause problems for the truck driver, and it is the responsibility of the truck driver to have their cargo properly secured.

Cargo transport conditions can be:

Off balance
If the cargo is improperly loaded, it can make the vehicle unstable and susceptible to tipping over on turns. During high speeds if the truck driver swerves it can cause cargo shift from the off balance loading, and the truck’s cargo can cause the truck to jackknife, which is a common trucking accident due to off balance loaded cargo and cargo shift.

If the cargo is too heavy or there’s an improper amount of cargo, the truck may have difficulty stopping on time or adjust to rapid changes in traffic. This too can cause the truck to jackknife from a sudden deceleration that cannot be controlled with the truck’s brakes due to the overloading of the cargo. Whether it is or is not secure cargo doesn’t change the overloading of weight.

Hazardous types of cargo
If the cargo is hazardous, it can cause serious problems if it spills onto the road. If the cargo isn’t properly secured, then it can jostle and have cargo shift during the trip and potentially fall into or onto other vehicles as the driver swerves to avoid passenger vehicles or other motor vehicles on the road.

Unsecured Cargo

If the cargo is not properly secured, whether with tie downs, locking nuts, chains or other methods it can cause a truck accident. Flatbed commercial vehicles can often have this problem because their cargo-related accidents involve falling cargo because their truck bed is open to the air, which can cause huge property damage.

This unsecured cargo can also become a projectile in the event of a truck crash involving a flatbed truck. Cargo securement is vital for safety, and is part of the FMCSA rules and guidelines.

Cargo can play a pivotal role in terms of liability for an accident. From rollovers and jackknifes, to not having the ability to stop and having falling cargo, there are many ways for truck accidents to happen as a result of improperly or unsecured cargo.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, then it behooves you to consult with a Kansas City truck accident attorney to have the entire incident thoroughly investigated.

Kansas City Truck Cargo Accident Attorney

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