Truck Load Shifting/Falling Injury Lawsuits
Most people have driven behind a large commercial truck with a large load. They may even have experienced small pieces of debris that came loose, pelting their vehicle. Any unsecured truck load can be dangerous. When a logging truck loses their load or machinery shifts and falls off a commercial truck on a roadway, it can have catastrophic results for the vehicles behind them.
There are strict regulations and laws for securing loads in vehicles, whether you own a small pickup or are driving a tractor trailer. All 50 states have laws requiring loads be properly secured on roadways to prevent dangerous accidents. Commercial truck drivers are expected to follow these laws and are held to a higher standard considering their occupation.
Accidents Caused by Unsecured Truck Loads
Unsecured, shifting or falling loads on commercial trucks are not just for horror films. They cause real-life tragedies every year. While it is hard to pin down exact statistics on these accidents, NHTSA studies have calculated the danger is real and ever present. In 2010, NHTSA estimates 51,000 crashes were caused by objects falling off vehicles, resulting in an estimated 10,000 injuries and 440 fatalities that year. Many of these involved large trucks that lost partial or complete loads on roadways.
No one can prepare for a falling object hitting their vehicle or landing in front of their path. When this occurs due to a truck driver or warehouse mistake, those who are injured or lose a loved one during the accident have rights to compensation. The truck driver and their employer may be liable, as well as other entities. While these lawsuits can be complex, with an experienced attorney on your side, you have the opportunity to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck load shifting or falling accident, contact our team at Conley Griggs Partin LLP. We offer free consultations, and if we handle your case, we never require payment unless we recover funds in your case.