Risks of Overloaded & Improperly Loaded Trucks

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

29 Nov. 2017

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.

Overloaded Cargo

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.

Unsecured Cargo

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.

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