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Did shifting cargo cause your truck accident?

Truck accidents can cause massive devastation when they occur, especially when a truck is carrying a full load of cargo. In many cases — but not always — these collisions occur because the driver of either the truck or a consumer vehicle makes a driving error.

Unlike drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers interact with many parties when accepting jobs, receiving cargo and making deliveries. Each of these encounters may affect the outcomes of the truckers' trips.

Shifting cargo can create disaster

In many professional settings, the driver of a commercial truck is not the same party who also loads the cargo. The trucker simply accepts the job to transport a load from one place to another. If the cargo originates at a factory or a third-party shipping center, loading dock crews may secure the cargo and send it on its way.

However, poorly-secured or improperly-balanced loads of cargo may shift significantly while in transit, This can easily cause an accident by changing the center of weight in the load. It could also cause the load to spill out of the trailer or off the flatbed altogether.

This event is often impossible for a truck driver to counteract safely and very often leads to serious accident. But who is legally liable for that accident? This is a more complicated question than it may seem.

Assuming that the driver did not cause the accident, it is necessary to determine who loaded the cargo and why it shifted or came loose. This party likely carries at least some liability, and should figure into the injury claim.

Other potential defendants

Truck accidents are so devastating and can involve so many parties that there are frequently multiple multiple named defendants. You should consider who hired the driver and if the driver is an independent operator or owner-operator. If so, the driver may bear the bulk of the liability personally. Alternatively, if the driver is an employee of another company, then the employer company may also share liability.

It is also useful to consider any malfunctioning components that possibly contributed to the accident. This, along with poor repairs, could lead to the companies that produced the faulty components or performed the bad repairs sharing some of the liability.

Building a strong claim is an essential part of protecting your rights while you focus on your physical recovery. Use the support and legal tools that you have available to ensure that you receive all the compensation you deserve.

If you recently suffered injuries in a truck accident, you likely have medical bills to pay. You may have other losses and damage to your vehicle. In total, these expenses may add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars or more all at a time when you also may be unable to work while you recover.

In instances like this, it is very common to file a personal injury claim against any relevant parties who caused the accident.

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