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
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
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!