Have You Been in an Accident With an Improperly Loaded Truck?
Trucking plays a vital role in the shipping of products across the nation. Due to its central location and its concentration of business, the greater Chicago area experiences a large truck volume annually through its expressways, interstates, and local roads.
These trucks bring necessary products to the city. That being said, they also can pose a safety threat on the roads if the trucks are not properly loaded. This can and does cause truck accidents.
Understanding trucking laws can be difficult for an average driver. There is often interplay between federal and state rules and regulations, coupled with the many different types of trucks.
For example, flatbed trucks hauling product may be subject to a minimum tie-down rule. Here, an appropriate number of straps must be in use to secure a load, depending on the size and type of the load. Failure to use enough straps or ties may lead to a partial load displacement or roadway spill. This could create a hazardous situation that cause a crash.
In place of straps, some flatbed loads may be secured with tarps that attached to anchored points on the bed of the trailer. These tarps can be effective if they are snug and secure and without defect. However, use and normal wear and tear can cause a tarp to snag, fray, or otherwise break down. This can lead to a less secure fit and possibly some unsecured product when a tarp is used to tie down a load.
But flatbed style trucks are not the only type of truck that poses a threat due to improper loading and securing. Traditional semi-trucks with covered and enclosed trailers are often loaded hastily. There sometimes is little attention to the weight distribution.
Ideally, a trailer should be loaded with the makeup of the cargo in mind. Weight should be distributed to ensure an even acceleration and deceleration of the truck when the driver attempts to do so. Further, weight should not be just on one side of the vehicle over the other, as it can cause a rollover accident.
Tanker trucks are heavily used by companies dealing with liquids. This includes gasoline, oil, petroleum, and even milk. Some handling the loading of these trucks do not worry about the amount of the product within the tanker. They may believe that the liquid nature will cause it to level out as the product disperses.
But in fact, the volume of a liquid within a tanker has a direct impact on the safety of the truck itself. A partially full tanker can lead to the liquid splashing around inside its container. That causes serious shifts in the weight distribution of the trailer. It can potentially lead to a tip-over incident.
Who is at Fault for Improperly Loading a Truck?
The job of loading products onto a truck can be the responsibility of a number of different individuals. Further, these individuals may be working for a number of different companies. In some cases, the individual operating a semi-truck will load his or her own rig with products. There, the driver and his or her employer take on the responsibility for properly distributing and securing a load before driving.
In other cases, a corporation producing and holding the product for transport may assign an employee to load a semi-truck driven by another individual. And yet in other situations, it may be up to a third party to load a semi-trailer. This loading might take place without the knowledge or assistance of the driver or the company producing the product.
The individual and/or the corporation that improperly loads a trailer will be liable for any damages that result from the loading. This includes any injuries that result from a collision. A victim will have the right to seek relief for the damages that result from a crash, whether it is:
- Medical bills
- Surgical expenses
- Lost wages
- Non-economic damages like pain and suffering
Should You Contact a Chicago Improperly Loaded Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you suffer an injury in a truck accident in the Chicago area that was due to improperly loading a trailer, the laws of Illinois may entitle you to payment. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in the rights of those who have injuries due to improper truck loading. We fight to help them seek the relief they deserve.
We offer free case consultations to all injury victims who call us at (312) 924-7575. Our truck crash attorneys in Chicago are standing by 24/7 to take your call. Also, there is no obligation on your part for speaking with us. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge our clients a fee unless there is a recovery on their behalf. We also advance all case-related expenses.
If you sustain injuries in a truck accident, do not allow yourself to continue to suffer in silence. Call the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
If you were hurt in a truck accident in Chicago, call us toll free today at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact Us online for a free case consultation.