Accidents involving unsecured cargo are not uncommon, and you need to be wary of the risk of such incidents — especially if you are driving close to large commercial trucks. Its cargo can weigh several tons, and if it is not well secured, the safety of both the truck driver and other motorists is at risk.
Unsecured cargo can cause an accident in several ways. It can fall on other cars or shift the truck’s balance and lead to loss of control by the driver. Either instance could be deadly. Given the sheer weight of such cargo compared to your car’s, you could suffer catastrophic injuries.
Who is to blame in an accident involving unsecured cargo?
If improperly secured cargo on a truck caused your accident, several parties could be liable for your injuries. The driver and their trucking company are likely to bear responsibility if the cargo was unsecured out of negligence. If the load became unsecured because of defective equipment, the manufacturer could be held liable.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Authority (FMCSA) recognizes the risk posed by unsecured cargo. The agency has set regulations that trucking companies, loading crews and truck drivers must observe. If your accident resulted from a violation of these rules meant to address unsecured cargo incidences, you need to protect your legal rights.
Your truck accident claim could get complex
Because multiple parties may be involved in an accident involving unsecured cargo and the amount of compensation involved, navigating your claim could get complicated.
As the victim, you need to ensure that the amount of settlement you get covers all the damages you suffered from the accident. You can do this by learning more about such claims, and the best way of handling them, given the high stakes involved.