Liability When Improperly Loaded Cargo on a Truck Causes a Trucking Accident in New Mexico
Most people realize that an accident involving a semi tractor trailer can be quite catastrophic due to their massive size and the force of impact. What people may not realize is that a trucking accident can be caused by cargo being properly loaded. In fact, improperly loaded cargo on a truck is one of the most common reasons that trucking accidents occur. Drivers and the individuals that load the trucks are responsible for ensuring that the cargo is properly loaded to avoid a dangerous accident. Failure to do so can result in a trucking accident, leaving victims with catastrophic injuries or even death.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows how to handle these types of serious trucking accidents. We know that victims who are seriously injured when improperly loaded cargo on a truck causes a crash could have a claim against the truck driver and trucking company. This means that victims will be gentled to recover compensation under New Mexico law.
Some of the most common liability issues include the following:
Unbalanced cargo is a commonly occurring cause of trucking accidents. The reason for this is that an unbalanced load leads to an unbalanced weight on the truck. The unbalanced weight can lead to parts of the truck to fail, such as the suspension, tires, axle housings and frame.
Failure to Properly Secure the Load
Failure to properly secure the load can be quite dangerous. When the load is not secure, it can lead to parts of the load falling off the truck, hitting other vehicles or creating obstacles in the road. Additionally, a load that isn’t secure can make the truck more difficult to maneuver, potentially leading to a collision.
Load is too Heavy for the Truck
A load being placed not he truck that is too heavy can lead to the truck failing while the driver is on a decline or incline. Trucking companies must adhere to weight requirements that state how much each truck is allowed to carry. Additionally, drivers must stop at weigh stations while they are driving to check to ensure their loads are not too heavy. Failure on the part of the trucking company or truck driver to adhere to these standards can lead to serious accidents, and victims may be entitled to compensation as a result of their failures.
Who is at Fault for Accidents Due to Improperly Loaded Cargo?
It is not always entirely clear who is at fault for an accident caused by improperly loaded cargo, which his why it is important that victims and their families meet with an experienced truck accident attorney who can determine who was at fault. Individuals and entities that may be at fault for an accident.
Injured by Improperly Loaded Cargo on a Truck in New Mexico? We Can Help
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking accident from improperly loaded cargo on a truck, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. Call our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 for your consultation.
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