Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Unsecured Loads and DebrisNovember 28, 2016
When unsecured cargo falls from a truck, and there are other vehicles in the vicinity, the consequences can be devastating. A 23-year-old woman recently lost her life in Northern California when she careened off the road after debris fell from a truck she was following. This is just one example of how tragic a situation can quickly become when cargo is not properly secured. While truck accidents like this are too common, Baltimore personal injury lawyers report that they are also preventable. Truck drivers must follow the appropriate safety protocols when loading their cargo.
According to a recent report by AAA, debris-related crashes caused 500 fatalities, and 39,000 injuries between 2011 and 2014. Most of these trucking accidents were the result of improperly loaded and secured cargo, which resulted in items and other debris falling from the truck. When this happens, drivers on the road tend to swerve out of the way. Unfortunately, according to AAA, this can put the driver in even more danger as overcorrecting can increase the risk of losing control of the vehicle. In fact, close to 37 percent of all debris-related fatalities happened because the driver tried to avoid hitting the object.
Tips to Avoid a Debris Crash
- Make sure that your vehicle is well maintained at all times. Tires that are underinflated are more likely to result in blowouts, which can dramatically increase the risk of road debris. When auto parts like mufflers start to corrode, they can drag and break loose, leaving car parts on the road.
- Loads must be properly secured using ropes, netting, and/or straps. Cover the load with a large, sturdy tarp.
- Never overload the vehicle, as it will increase the likelihood of cargo or debris coming loose and falling onto the road.
Drivers who are in the vicinity of trucks loaded with cargo should maintain space on at least one side of the vehicle so that there is ample room to steer around a fallen object. If you are unable to avoid hitting the object or debris, slow down as much as possible so that the impact is not as severe. Never tailgate, particularly when following a truck carrying cargo.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims of Debris Crashes
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by unsecured cargo, contact the Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We are committed to protecting your rights and will hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries. We will pursue the maximum financial compensation that you deserve. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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