Loose Cargo Accidents

Loose Cargo Truck Accidents in Austin

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Proper loading is a key aspect of the safe operation of cargo-hauling trucks. Government regulations and industry standards spell out how truckers should secure cargo. Straps, brackets, load balancing, and load weight should all be taken into account. If you were injured in a truck accident, one of the possible causes is the question of improper loading.

Improper loading of trucks that go out onto our streets and highways can put the lives of other drivers at risk, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and passengers. If you need help with an improper loading truck accident, The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC may be able to help you obtain compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.

An improperly loaded truck can cause serious damage for the following reasons:

  • The truck may wobble and stray from its intended lane
  • Loose or unsecured cargo may shift or fall off of the truck
  • The truck may overturn when navigating a tight curve or corner
  • The truck driver may have trouble braking or stopping in time
  • Shifting weight in the rear of the truck can cause jackknifing
  • The truck may cause a collision if the tires blow out or fail

Violations of the FMCSA’s Cargo Loading Guidelines

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a government agency that institutes various rules and regulations in order to promote safe trucking practices in the United States. When it comes to cargo loading, the FMCSA states that trucking companies are required to train their employees on how to properly load a truck. Furthermore, truck drivers are required to inspect the cargo before leaving on a trip—regardless of who actually loaded the truck.

If improper loading results in an accident, the driver, trucking company, and loader can all be held liable. Violating FMCSA regulations is a serious offense, as even the slightest deviation can have catastrophic consequences. If you believe your accident was caused by improper loading, get in touch with the Austin truck accident attorney at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC. Our firm can investigate the cause of your accident and fight to hold all negligent parties accountable.

Establishing Negligence After a Loose Cargo Accident

After a truck accident involving loose cargo, you may hear the phrase "freak accident" to describe what happened. But a detailed investigation may make it clear that it was the result of negligence. At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we are firm advocates for accident victims. This means holding negligent parties responsible for compensating our clients.

If your accident was caused by improper loading, evidence may include:

  • Broken or defective straps and brackets
  • Dislodged chains or rubber tie-downs
  • Inadequately fastened drilling equipment
  • Loose pipes or lumber in the truck bed

The responsible parties (driver, loaders or trucking company) may have violated company guidelines, industry standards, corporate policies or simple common sense. Failure to adhere to proper manners and methods of securing cargo can cause injury, harm, and damage to others. We can work hard to get to the bottom of the cause of your accident.

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Liability may belong to a truck driver as well as any other parties who had responsibility for safe trucking operations, such as loading dock personnel. When The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC represents people injured in truck accidents, we spare no effort in order to uncover all sources of compensation for our clients. Our Austin truck accident lawyer is prepared to work hard to get the case outcome you deserve after being injured. Contact us today to get started on your case!

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