Dangers of Improperly Loaded Cargo on Commercial Trucks


August 5, 2021

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Improperly Loaded Cargo on Commercial Trucks: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains the Dangers and How it Can Kill

Commercial trucks drive down the New Mexico roadways every day carrying goods and supplies to businesses. Commercial truck drivers have a duty as professional truck drivers to deliver the cargo safely. There are certain actions that truck drivers must take to ensure that the cargo is delivered safely. Unfortunately, commercial trucking accidents happen every day on the roadways of New Mexico. One of the causes of New Mexico trucking accidents is improperly loaded cargo. There are many dangers of improperly loaded cargo on commercial trucks including catastrophic trucking accidents. Trucking accidents should never occur as a result of improperly loaded cargo. When trucking accidents occur due to improperly loaded cargo and innocent people are injured, these victims may be eligible for compensation due to their injuries.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to improperly loaded cargo on commercial trucks, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer for help. We have over 35 years of experience representing victims and their families in New Mexico. We know how to protect the rights of victims to ensure they recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Call today for a FREE case evaluation.

Dangers of Improperly Loaded Cargo

There are many dangers of improperly loaded cargo which can lead to serious trucking accidents. Failure to properly load cargo according to FMCSA guidelines as well as the per the individual truck’s weight limits can result in accidents causing innocent victims catastrophic injuries. Improperly loaded cargo can lead to the following:

  • Jackknife trucking accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Sideswiping accidents
  • Weight and balance problems of the truck
  • Falling cargo
  • Excessive wear and tear of the truck
  • Brake issues
  • Shifting cargo
  • Problems with the tires
  • Dangers from the cargo that is being transported (i.e oil, concrete, timber, etc.)

Injuries From Improperly Loaded Cargo

There are many injuries that can occur as a result of a trucking accident due to improperly loaded cargo. Injuries in which victims may be eligible for compensation from include the following:

  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Brain injuries (i.e traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, etc.)
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Loss of limb
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death

Damages for Injuries Sustained in Commercial Trucking Accidents Due to Unsecured Cargo

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a commercial trucking accident due to improperly loaded cargo, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Compensation may be indicated for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Burial expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Loss of consortium

FMCSA Guidelines Regarding Cargo on 18 Wheelers

There FMCSA regulations regarding cargo on commercial trucks, including the following:

– Cargo must be properly tied down with approved materials and anchor points

  • Cargo must be inspected prior to beginning the journey, at least one time during the first 50 miles of the journey, every 3 hours or 150 miles, any time there is suspicion that the cargo is not properly secured or distributed
  • Cargo must not exceed 80,000 pounds (or less depending on the type of truck)
  • Cargo with a tendency to roll must be secured by chocks, cradles or wedges
  • Cargo must not obstruct the view of the driver
  • Cargo must be properly distributed

Hurt in a Truck Wreck Due to Improperly Loaded Cargo on Commercial Trucks? Ask How We Can Help

For over 35 years, victims and their families of New Mexico trucking accidents have relied on the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for their legal needs. Our personal injury accident lawyers have a proven track record of success against some of the largest trucking companies and insurance carriers in New Mexico. Learn how we can help you during a FREE consultation by calling (505) 384-7865 to schedule your consultation.

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