Collisions involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic. There is typically significant property damage as well as severe injuries.
However, it is not just the collisions between vehicles that put people in danger. Cargo spills can also threaten the safety and welfare of other road users.
Why cargo spills
Trucks haul a wide range of things people need, from retail products to industrial equipment and even livestock. No matter what a trucker is carrying, it is crucial that the cargo is secure and does not exceed weight limits.
If parties fail to load and secure cargo properly, it could spill in a crash. If a trucker loses control of a truck after drifting out of the lane and overcorrects, then the truck can roll or jackknife, causing cargo to come loose and spill out on the road.
It is also possible that cargo could also be the reason for an accident. This can happen when truckers overload their vehicle or do not comply with regulations for securing it. It may shift while the truck is traveling, causing the trucker to lose control when going around a turn or coming to a stop.
Why spilled cargo can be dangerous
A disabled commercial truck presents a hazard to motorists trying to navigate around it. It can create congestion, backups and interactions that ultimately cause collisions.
If the cargo spills, it will also be cause for concern. Things like live animals and large items can create obstructions in the road; toxic chemicals and substances can endanger drivers, pedestrians and anyone who lives or works in the area, particularly if it contaminates soil, water or food sources.
Protecting yourself after an accident
Accidents involving commercial vehicles and spilled cargo can be far more complicated than people might realize. There could be several parties involved and multiple instances of negligent behavior, from improper loading to unsafe operation.
And while you may not be able to stop these parties from carelessness or recklessness that ultimately threatens your safety and health, you can hold them accountable for damages you suffer in an accident resulting from their negligence.