For many trucking companies, the goal is to transport the greatest amount
of cargo in the shortest amount of time possible. Unfortunately, this
means that some truck drivers will overload or improperly secure their
cargo in order to meet company expectations and deadlines. This can make
a commercial truck very unsafe when travelling at typical highway speeds.
Oversized and overloaded trucks are a danger to everybody who uses the
road. In this blog, we tell you about the dangers of oversized and/or
improperly loaded trucks.
Because truck companies tend to have a high employee turnover rate, there
are a lot of inexperienced drivers who end up on the road. A driver’s
inexperience or incompetence can sometimes lead to a driver dangerously
overloading their truck. If you have been in an accident with an overloaded
truck, you should consult with a lawyer to determine if the negligent
party can be held liable for your damages.
Cargo loads that have not been properly secured are often the cause of
major trucking accidents. When cargo is not properly stored or tied down,
it can potentially fly into oncoming traffic. Unsecured cargo can also
shift in transit, sometimes resulting in a truck overturning.
Partially Loaded Cargo
Just like unsecured cargo, partially loaded cargo can be a danger to both
truckers and other drivers on the road. Trucks that have been partially
loaded with liquids can slosh back and forth, upsetting the vehicle’s
normal center of gravity. This can sometimes make the truck more susceptible
to rollover accidents.
Have you been in an accident with an overloaded or improperly loaded truck?
We can help. Contact our Bergen County truck accident attorney
to request a free consultation.