September 3, 2014
How can Improper Cargo Loading cause a Truck Accident?
Large trucks such as semis or 18-wheelers are a fixture on Pennsylvania roads and highways. Although they are involved in fewer accidents per mile traveled than passenger vehicles, there were 317,000 large trucks involved in traffic accidents in the United States in 2012 alone. A significant number of these accidents are the result of improperly loaded or secured cargo. When cargo is incorrectly loaded or secured, it can cause vehicle instability or may even allow the cargo to spill out onto the road. Accidents that are the result of cargo loading errors often implicate highly specialized trucking industry regulations, so it is important for anyone injured in such an accident to discuss their case with an experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyer at The Levin Firm as soon as possible.
There are many ways that improper cargo loading practices can result in serious accidents. For example, an under-filled liquid tank can cause balance issues as the liquid can slosh around in the cargo area. This is particularly dangerous when it comes to trucks that are carrying flammable or corrosive liquids such as gasoline or industrial materials. Some of the more common kinds of accidents that are caused by cargo loading errors include the following:
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Accidents caused by cargo or debris on the road
- Jackknife accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
After a trucking accident, victims should record as much information about the incident as they can. This can include information such as the weather conditions at the time of the accident, the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved, the names of the drivers involved, as well as contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident happen.