The Dangers of Improperly Loaded Cargo in a Truck Accident | Lombard Truck Accident Lawyers
Button 2 Button 1 Button 3 Button 4 Button 5 Button 6
Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices
630-932-9100
DuPage County Attorneys

LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

CHICAGO

105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 630-932-9100

NAPERVILLE

1730 Park Street, Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-420-1000

The Dangers of Improperly Loaded Cargo in a Truck Accident

Posted on in Personal Injury
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Print

Lombard personal injury attorneysIf you have been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, one of the most important things to determine is whether the accident was caused entirely by the actions of the truck driver, or if there were other contributing factors behind the scenes that may point to the negligence of other parties. One such factor in many truck accidents is cargo that has been improperly secured. An attorney who understands how loose cargo contributes to accidents can help you gather important evidence to support your claim and pursue all possible options for compensation.

How Does Loose Cargo Cause an Illinois Truck Crash?

A truck’s cargo load often weighs tens of thousands of pounds, and in order for a driver to safely transport this heavy cargo, it must be appropriately distributed throughout the trailer. Cargo that is not held securely in place can shift while the truck is on the road, throwing off the weight distribution and the truck’s balance. This can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, in many cases leading to a rollover accident.

In some cases, loose cargo can also drop off of the truck bed entirely and onto the road. When this happens, nearby drivers and pedestrians can be struck by heavy cargo, either injuring them directly or causing them to lose control of their own vehicles. In other cases, drivers may be involved in accidents as they try to avoid fallen truck cargo that is obstructing the road.

Truck Cargo Loading Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues regulations that commercial trucking companies throughout the United States must follow regarding the proper securement of cargo. These regulations state the number of tiedowns that must be used, as well as the weight and force that these tiedowns must be able to withstand. There are also specific requirements for cargo shaped such that it is likely to roll without the proper securement.

Trucking companies are responsible for enforcing these regulations, and any employees involved in the loading process also must be sure to follow them. If you have been involved in a truck accident, your attorney can help you investigate the crash to determine whether shifting cargo is a likely cause, and seek evidence including records and testimony from the trucking company that may demonstrate a failure to uphold these regulations. With this supporting evidence, you may be able to recover compensation from multiple parties whose negligence contributed to your injuries.

Contact a Lombard, IL Truck Accident Attorney

The causes of a truck accident can be complex, and if you have been injured, you need an experienced attorney who can help you establish the facts and hold all negligent parties accountable. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we will work hard on your behalf to achieve the outcome that you deserve. Contact our DuPage County personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation at 630-755-6426.

 

Source:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/cargo-securement-rules

Latest Blog Posts

Archives

  • DuPage County Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Elite Lawyer
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • 2015 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • Super Lawyers
  • Better Business Bureau

Let us start helping you with a FREE initial consultation.

NOTE: Fields with a * indicate a required field.
*
*
*

One Stop For All Your Legal Needs

Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices can help. Our trial lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from four offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, Naperville, St. Charles, and Chicago.

Steven Mevorah has assembled experienced attorneys under one roof so that his clients need not search for a new attorney each time they need help. Mr. Mevorah has also established a wide network of additional attorneys so that his clients merely need to stop by Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices to find the attorney they need.

Client Focused Representation

Our practice is focused on meeting your needs with flexible hours and locations to serve you:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Saturday and evening appointments available
  • Home and hospital visits if your injuries prevent you from traveling
  • Multiple locations throughout Chicagoland
  • Veteran trial attorneys
  • Experienced negotiators
  • Payment plans available
  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted