It is extremely important for trailers to be properly loaded in order to
avoid an accident. Every year, hundreds of
truck accidents result when cargo is not properly loaded or is overloaded. The Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the proper way to
secure loads, but unfortunately, many drivers and truck companies ignore
these rules in an effort to move more cargo faster.
Improperly loaded or secured cargo can cause balance issues within the
trailer, which can cause the trailer to swerve dangerously while the truck
is in motion. Imbalance in the trailer can also cause braking issues when
the truck is traveling uphill or downhill. Imbalanced trailers are more
likely to tip over or jackknife, causing serious injury or death to nearby drivers.
An overloaded truck can be just as deadly. Too much weight can also cause
braking issues, as the truck will require a longer distance to slow down
with a heavier load. Overloaded trailers can also place significant strain
on axels and tires, which may break beneath the trailer’s weight.
Tire blowouts are often caused by trailers that are carrying too much weight.
Due to their massive weight and size (up to 80,000 pounds), trucks can
cause devastating accidents that most often end up seriously harming or
killing other drivers. Cargo securement is one of the most important aspects
of truck safety and is an essential part of preventing accidents.
Negligence is rampant in the trucking industry, but this does not excuse
carelessness by drivers, trucking companies, and cargo loaders. If you
have been injured or have lost a loved one in a Florida truck accident,
take immediate action by calling an Orlando truck accident lawyer at Todd
Miner Law. With decades of combined legal experience, our firm has successfully
recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of the injured.
As a former insurance company lawyer,
Attorney Todd Miner is familiar with how insurers defend serious personal injury cases –
experience which he now uses to benefit his clients. Our goal is to hold
negligent truckers and their employers responsible for the damage they
have caused to you and your family.
Contact us today to speak with an attorney during a free consultation.