Semi-trucks are responsible for transporting millions of tons of cargo from place to place each year. The freight that these vehicles haul can vary widely, and can cause a significant risk of injury to other motorists if it is improperly secured. Because of the risk that semi-truck cargo can pose to others, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stringently regulates the way cargo is secured in trucks that move freight from place to place. Even with these regulations, accidents continue to happen, often injuring others who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Anyone who has been injured in a truck accident should be certain to consult with an experienced Fayette truck accident attorney as soon as possible to make sure that their legal rights are protected.
The type of hazards that a truck’s cargo can create depends largely on the kind of cargo the truck is carrying. For example, some trucks carry hazardous materials such as corrosive or toxic liquids or gases. If released, these materials could cause widespread injury and damage, even to people not in the immediate vicinity of the accident. Some of the other types of cargo that could present a risk of injury if improperly secured include the following:
In addition to causing a risk of injury in the event that the cargo becomes unsecured, improperly loaded cargo can also increase the risk of a truck losing control or even flipping over. There are many different parties that could potentially be held liable for improperly secured cargo, including the truck driver, the trucking company, the company that loaded the truck, or the owner of the cargo.
Contact a Fayette truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation
The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after a Fayette truck accident is to have your case reviewed by one of our experienced truck accident attorneys as soon as possible after an accident. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.