Unsecured Cargo Causing Truck Accidents
Unsecured cargo is one of the many causes of truck accidents and is the most dangerous type of truck accidents. An 18-wheeler truck is permitted to carry up to 80,000 lbs. of cargo. If this cargo is not secured properly it can obviously fall off the truck and onto the road causing devastating truck accident crashes as well as simply putting the general public at risk. These accidents not only injure pedestrians and motorists but often result in their deaths. There are Federal regulations that stipulate truck cargos must be secured. Have you or a loved one been hurt by a collision caused by a big rig or truck with unsecured cargo? Call Houston’s Truck Accident Attorney, Walker Texas Lawyer. He will fight for you to receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Statistics on Unsecured Cargo Truck Accidents
According to a 2016 AAA study, debris on the roads led to more than 200,000 crashes between 2011 and 2014. Included in those crashes were more than 500 deaths. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has established regulations for allowable weight limits for truck cargos as well as proper procedures for securing such cargos. To help enforce these regulations, weigh stations and truck scales are placed along America’s highways by various regulatory bodies. At these stations law enforcement officials can ensure that truck drivers adhere to all applicable commercial trucking regulations.