Truck accidents can leave victims suffering from physical injuries, emotional trauma and financial strain. Unfortunately, many of these crashes are due to preventable causes. One preventable cause of truck accidents is improper cargo loading, which can turn a routine drive into a life-altering event.
Connecting the dots between improper cargo loading and accidents
Here are some of the ways improper cargo loading can increase the risk of truck accidents, which may lead to property damage, personal injury or fatalities:
- Uneven weight distribution: When there is improper distribution of cargo weight, it can be difficult for drivers to maintain control of the truck. Specifically, they may have difficulty steering, which can be particularly dangerous on curves, inclines or in high winds.
- Unsecured cargo: Improperly secured cargo can move or fall off the truck, creating road hazards for other vehicles or causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
- Overloading: Exceeding the truck’s weight limit can strain the vehicle’s brakes, suspension and tires, leading to mechanical failures that can cause accidents.
- Impaired visibility: Improperly placed cargo can block rearview mirrors, affecting the driver’s ability to see other vehicles and road conditions properly.
- Increased stopping distance: Trucks carrying heavier load require more distance to come to a complete stop. If the cargo is heavier than what the truck can handle, the vehicle may not be able to stop in time and cause an accident.
Based on the instances mentioned above, even a minor error in handling cargo can lead to life-changing consequences.
Holding the right people liable immediately
In truck accidents, the more time that passes, the harder it may be to recover evidence proving liability, such as confirming that there was improper cargo loading resulting in the truck crash. Hence, it is advisable to seek legal guidance as soon as possible to ensure the victim’s and their family’s rights remain protected.