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How Falling Truck Cargo Can Cause Devastating Auto Accidents

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New Braunfels personal injury lawyerDo you ever get nervous driving behind a semi-truck carrying a large load, such as lumber or metal crates? If you do, you are not alone. Many people feel uneasy when they are driving near large trucks shipping cargo. While the vast majority of cargo trucks contain loads that are properly secured, there is always a chance that a mistake results in loose cargo falling into the roadway. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by debris or cargo falling off of a commercial truck, you may be eligible for compensation.

Texas Truckers Must Properly Load and Secure Cargo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the primary federal agency overseeing the creation and enforcement of safety guidelines for the commercial trucking industry. The FMCSA requires trucks operating in interstate commerce to follow a number of rules regarding the securement of semi-truck cargo. These rules include requirements such as:

  • Cargo items must be secured in such a way that items do not shift on or within the vehicle or fall from the vehicle.

  • Tie-downs and other cargo securement devices should be used when necessary.

  • Dunnage bags should be used to help fill empty space between cargo items to prevent shifting.

  • All vehicle components, systems, and parts used to secure cargo must be in good working order.

  • The vehicle should not contain damaged components that could negatively affect the truck‚Äôs performance.

In addition to these general rules, there are also more specific regulations that pertain to certain vehicles and cargo types. For example, there are guidelines that address how to secure automobiles, logs, and even concrete pipes. If a truck driver or another individual managing the securement of cargo fails to follow these rules and causes an accident, it is very likely the individual or trucking company itself could be liable for any injuries or deaths caused by the unsecured cargo.

What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident

Eighteen-wheel trucks can weigh an astounding 40 tons when they are fully loaded. Certified oversized trucks can weigh even more. When these massive trucks tip over due to shifting cargo or cargo falls from the truck, devastating auto accidents can occur. If you have been involved in an accident involving falling cargo, the insurance carrier for the trucking company may offer you a settlement that is far below the cost of your damages. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and even for your pain and suffering.

Contact a Guadalupe County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by truck cargo on a Texas roadway, it is important to speak with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Acting quickly will allow you to receive immediate help regarding the next steps to take. Contact a New Braunfels truck accident attorney at New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney, Inc. today. Call 830-201-3515 to schedule your free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

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

https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetyplanner/MyFiles/SubSections.aspx?ch=22&sec=64&sub=132

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