How Improperly Loaded Truck Cargo Can Kill

How Improperly Loaded Truck Cargo Can Kill

When discussing the unique dangers of truck accidents, an 18-wheeler’s size, lack of maneuverability, and vulnerability to mechanical failures tend to be placed front and center. However, it’s important not to forget that trucks are ultimately designed for one predominant reason—the transportation of heavy cargo which can pose completely separate risks of its own.

How Freight Ends Up Unsecured

According to a study on auto accidents caused by debris conducted by the AAA over a three year period, there were more than 200,000 accidents in America caused by debris on the road, resulting in nearly 40,000 injuries. Of these crashes, two-thirds could be directly attributed to items falling from vehicles as a result of negligent maintenance and wholly unsecured loads. 

How Improperly Loaded Truck Cargo Can Kill

This is already fairly telling evidence, but when interpreted through the lens of a different study on the causes of truck accidents, we can see that most truck accidents are the fault of the trucker themselves, shifting this 200,000 accident statistic to likely involve a notable amount of truckers. On top of this, 6,000 truck accidents were found to be the result of cargo shift specifically, referring to when improperly loaded cargo moves around on the truck but doesn’t come loose, causing sudden mass redistributions and a resultant loss of control.

The Aftermath of Improperly Loaded Cargo

So, when cargo is loaded improperly, how does that actually lead to collisions and injuries? We’ve already briefly discussed cargo shifts, but more often than not, freight will be completely freed from the cargo bed. The effects of this tend to vary based on what the truck is transporting at the time:

  • Heavy objects are among the most common items involved in unsecured cargo accidents, and can either directly strike vehicles behind the truck or lay on the road to form barriers.
  • Flammable, explosive, or toxic cargo, while rarer, has been known to cause severe car fires and secondary damages, and can furthermore present a hazard to bystanders and emergency responders.
  • Liquids of any kind can easily create unexpected patches of slippery road and are difficult to “move from traffic,” making it likely that other vehicles could slip and crash as a result.
  • When excess cargo is loaded beyond a truck’s capacity, even if it’s secured firmly, tire blowouts can occur, leaving debris on the road and causing the truck to further lose control.

Mississippi Truck Accident Claims for Unsecured Cargo

If you’ve been hurt in a Mississippi truck accident caused by unsecured or improperly loaded cargo, you deserve compensation for your suffering and financial losses. Germany Law Firm, PLLC can give you the strong legal representation you need, helping you to prove that a trucker, truck company, or third-party loader was negligent in their practices, rendering the truck in question a hazard to your health and safety that you never should have had to deal with. Give us a call at (601) 401-6884 to schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys in Jackson, and take the first step towards successfully securing your compensation.