Drivers in Houston share the roads with large cargo trucks that are loaded with all types of products. Those products can come loose at any time if not properly secured. Unfortunately, it’s very common for large trucks to lose all of their cargo or a part of their cargo on the road. That cargo can cause huge amounts of damages to vehicles that are in the path of the cargo.
It’s estimated that over 50,000 accidents every year are caused by cargo falling from trucks in the U.S. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations about the loading of cargo. Both the company that loads the trucks as well as the truck driver must ensure that the cargo is properly loaded and secured before the trucks hit the road. According to the regulations, the cargo must be prevented from shifting, the cargo must be able to withstand certain forces, and there must be a minimum about of tie downs. In addition, there are specific rules about hauling certain types of items such as logs and cement pipes.
When cargo comes loose and causes an accident, there are several potentially liable parties. The truck driver or the trucking company may be liable. The warehouse where the truck was loaded could also be liable. It’s important that anyone who is injured by falling cargo have legal representation to help investigate who is liable and to ensure the accident victim is properly compensated.
Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with cargo falling from trucks. Our attorneys can help. Call now to schedule a free consultation or visit us on YouTube.