Accidents involving trucks can be severe. In 2020, 4,965 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks, with 71% of them being occupants of other vehicles. Different factors may have led to these accidents, including the negligence of the loading companies.
This guide highlights how loaders can be liable for a truck accident.
A truck has a high center of gravity, and when it’s overloaded, this can combine to make the truck unstable. As a result, a driver can lose control when turning.
Further, an overloaded truck can strain its mechanical parts, including suspension and transmission. Over time, they may be damaged and fail. If this happens in transit, an accident can occur.
Improper securing of cargo
A significant percentage of truck accidents are caused by unsecured cargo. A loading company should ensure cargo is properly secured with the right equipment to prevent it from moving around.
Equipment, such as anti-slip mats, straps, lashings and coil wells, can support and secure cargo effectively. If cargo is not secured, it can fall over or can move around, which can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.
Loaders should consider the weight and type of cargo when loading a truck. Heavy loads should be put at the bottom, followed by light ones. This is because heavy loads can fall over when they’re on top.
Additionally, when loading liquids, a tanker should not be completely full because liquids expand when temperature increases. Nonetheless, they should also not be half-full or less, as this can lead to movement, which can throw a truck out of balance.
If a loading-related mistake caused the truck accident you were involved, you should get legal guidance to pursue fair compensation for your injuries and losses.