When Cargo or Unsecured Loads Falls off Trucks on the Interstate, it Can Result in Serious and Fatal New Mexico Trucking Accidents
There are many different types of large commercial trucks which transport and delivery goods throughout the country. Some have closed containers, such as tractor trailers, tandem trailers, and tankers. Others have open contains, such as dump trucks or flatbed trucks. Many flatbed trucks actually carry oversized loads to help transport cargo throughout the United States. This is because some cargo cannot fit comfortably or safely inside a container.
But this also does not necessarily mean that such cargo can safely be transported on the flatbed. This is particularly true on an interstate where the speed is very fast and the wind resistance is very strong. While not in a container, cargo must be properly secured to prevent it from falling off onto the road. The cargo itself could strike or flatten another vehicle. It could also cause a hazard on the roadway and be deadly.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have handled many New Mexico trucking accidents caused by cargo falling, shifting, or crushing victims on the roadway. Injuries can easily be fatal, especially on interstates where motorists are traveling at a very high speed. If you or a loved one have been injured from cargo falling off a truck or becoming dangerous debris in the roadway, call our experienced New Mexico trucking accidents attorneys for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000. We will fight for the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
Causes of Unsecured Cargo Causing Personal Injuries
There are many different causes which can result in unsecured cargo causing serious personal injuries or the death of a victim. Some of the major causes of New Mexico trucking accidents on interstates due to unsecured cargo includes the following:
- Cargo improperly secured;
- Too heavy cargo;
- Using improper means to secure cargo;
- Cargo shifting and causing a truck to be unbalanced;
- Excessively heavy cargo causing tire blowouts, explosions, or to fail;
- Too heavy cargo causing brake failures;
- Environmental factors such as gusty winds;
- Excessive speed;
- Braking at the last moment to cause shifting weight; and
- Many other causes.
If Cargo Does Injure You When it Falls, It is a Landmine on the Road!
On New Mexico interstates, when cargo falls off of a fast-moving commercial truck it is like a missile going through the air and onto other vehicles or the roadway. This can be catastrophic if the cargo connects with a victim’s vehicle. But if the cargo does not, it can actually be just as dangerous if it sits on the road. It can be a landmine for vehicles moving at high speeds on New Mexico interstates which can result in fatal trucking accidents.
In fact, this is a way to find a trucking company who drops cargo on the road to be liable. Under NM Stat 66-7-364, it is illegal to place injurious material or trash on the highway. This includes anything that is dropped onto the highway which can be destructive or injurious. This can result in serious personal injuries, and is a way to hold a trucking company liable.
New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Unsecured Cargo and Injurious Material on the Roadway is Dangerous
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.