Semitrucks that are on the roads serve an important purpose. They move goods all around the country to consumers and businesses. Just because they are important, that doesn’t mean that truckers can skimp on safety measures.
One important aspect of hauling goods around the country is properly securing those goods. There are specific standards and regulations that must be followed. When these regulations aren’t followed and loads aren’t secured properly, people can suffer harm.
Why are improperly secured loads so dangerous?
There are a few reasons why improperly secured loads are so dangerous. When the cargo in a trailer or on a flatbed isn’t secured, it can shift. This could cause the rig to become unstable, which may result in the driver losing control.
There’s also a chance that the cargo could slide of fly off the trailer. It may hit another vehicle or land in the traffic lanes, where they become a dangerous obstacle for drivers.
It’s often difficult for a trucker to regain control of a rig that’s unstable due to an improperly secured load. This can cause crashes with other vehicles, which could lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.
Anyone who has been involved in a crash with a truck caused by improperly secured loads should ensure they seek medical attention for their injuries. Some individuals might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash. Doing this quickly is imperative since there are time limits embedded in state law that limit the amount of time you have to pursue a legal claim.