Tractor-trailer accidents usually are devastating, no matter what causes them. Victims of a tragic shifting cargo accident may be particularly upset. Unlike some collisions, this type may be preventable.
What Can Go Wrong?
Tractor-trailer accidents may be the result of a driver’s behavior or work habits, including:
- Driving while distracted, impaired, or drowsy;
- Driving too fast for conditions;
- Braking too quickly or not at all; and
- Being inattentive to the way the truck was loaded.
It’s the last item that we’re covering in today’s blog. Some drivers load their own trucks. When someone else does this, the driver is still responsible for making sure it was done correctly.
Why Will Shifting Cargo Cause Accidents?
Imagine a 35,000-pound vehicle carrying a 40,000-pound load traveling down the highway at 60 miles per hour. Suddenly, part of the load shifts. The weight of the load is no longer distributed evenly. It would not take much for this truck to tip over or swerve into traffic. At this point, there’s little the driver could do to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
Who’s Responsible for Shifting Cargo Accidents?
This is an important question for someone who has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident. Who is responsible for your injuries?
The answer may be more than one person or company.
In a shifting cargo accident, you may have a claim against the driver, the driver’s employer if he is not an owner-operator, the company that loaded the truck, and the company that owns the cargo. Each case is different. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident to make sure you preserve your rights to compensation.
No Matter the Cause, Tractor Trailer Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
If you or someone you know has been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under Illinois law. However, your personal injury attorney may be able to work with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve or file a lawsuit if necessary.
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