When a flatbed truck, tractor-trailer, tanker or any other type of large truck transports goods, it may present a serious hazard to other people on the road if the load is not properly balanced and secured. Trucks carrying extremely large and heavy objects like machinery, motor vehicles, lumber and construction equipment are most likely to cause catastrophic collisions if their loads are not secure. Instead of small debris that is more of an annoyance or visibility disturbance, these objects may strike a vehicle with such force that it is crushed, brought to an immediate stop or penetrated by the object.
When a truck accident is caused by an unsecured load, liability may lie with the truck driver, the trucking company and/or the truck loading company. Truck cargo should be properly secured and balanced, and a truck should not be overloaded. A truck’s load should be in accordance with all applicable state and federal trucking regulations. Failure to follow these regulations may result in a load shifting dangerously during transit, affecting the maneuverability of the truck. It can also result in certain items coming loose and falling from the truck, striking other vehicles or remaining in the road as dangerous obstacles.
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