Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Shifting the Load — Fault in Truck Accidents

A loaded commercial motor vehicle weighs upwards of 80,000 pounds.  When that weight is thrown around, results are serious.  Load shift is a factor we investigate when representing clients injured in truck accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines basics about commercial motor vehicle (CMV) cargo:

  • Poorly loaded cargo results in crashes, injury, loss of life, as well as load, truck, and safety violations
  • All cargo must be secured, immobilized, or contained during transport under normal operation

In June of 2011, FMSCA released its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan entitled Raising the Safety Bar.  In order to increase safety and reduce injury and loss, the plan will focus on the CMV transportation life cycle.  Part of that is recognizing and responding to cargo-related deficiencies in the industry, and on individual CMV trips.

The physical dynamics of a truck are entirely different when loaded.  Carrying full weight, a truck requires 20 to 40 percent more braking distance than a passenger car to come to a stop.  Loaded, large trucks are 10 times more likely to roll over than empty trailers. They are also far more likely to cause catastrophic injury to drivers of other vehicles — and even death.

Truck drivers are required to investigate and ensure loads are properly secured.  In an accident caused by load shift, multiple parties are held responsible, including the driver, the trucking company, and the company or loaders that originally secured the cargo. That is why you need a knowledgeable attorney with experience in researching the cause of truck accidents to help you pursue fair compensation for any injuries you sustain in a truck accident.

Cargo shifts, but the responsibility for making sure no one is hurt does not.  If involved in a truck accident, contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. immediately.