According to the United States Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics in 2022 alone, around 55 million tons of freight were moved around the country daily. The daily haul was said to be valued at around $55 billion. The amount of freight moving throughout the country is expected to increase every year by at least 1.3%. This means more large trucks on the road to get cargo to and from where it needs to go.
There are state and federal regulations in place that the trucking industry must follow. These guidelines include truckers’ work schedules their training, how to secure cargo, and more. Even still, these rules are not always strictly followed by those in the trucking industry and as a result, many catastrophic truck accidents happen every year that could have been prevented.
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Mississippi, it is best to connect with an attorney for legal guidance and support in obtaining compensation for your losses. The Jackson truck accident attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC can help you when you are injured as a result of a truck accident.
How Can Unsecured Cargo be Dangerous?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines three different types of cargo securement systems that are acceptable and lawful. These include:
- Cargo is fully contained by structures that are of sound and adequate strength.
- Cargo must be immobilized by structures, braces, or be blocked from movement during transport.
- The cargo must be immobilized by tie-downs in combination with other methods of securement.
Any one of these three approved methods can be chosen, but at least one must be used.
These requirements are clear and concise, but even cargo that is properly loaded into a truck can still become loose. Certainly, cargo that is not secured appropriately has an even greater ability to become detached and move around a truck’s trailer.
When a truck’s cargo does become loose and is moving inside of a trailer it can fall out of the truck and hit other cars. If it does stay inside the truck but is moving freely it can throw the truck’s balance off and the truck may tip over and crush other cars. There are significant safety risks to others on the road when a truck’s cargo is not properly secured or if it was secured the right way but still manages to break away from its securement method.
Whether another car is hit by cargo and debris coming out of a truck, if a truck crashes into another vehicle, or if a truck rolls over onto a car, serious injuries and death can result.
Speak to a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today
Truck accidents can have devastating outcomes for victims. It is imperative to secure the most compensation possible after you were harmed in a Mississippi truck accident and the Jackson truck accident injury lawyer at Germany Law Firm, PLLC can assist you with this. Call Germany Law Firm, PLLC (601) 487-0555 to schedule a free consultation at your earliest convenience.