Trucks are an important part of our supply chain. We need them to deliver goods across the country, but due to their size and weight, they are far more dangerous than the average vehicle. When drivers fail to properly secure their loads, every driver behind them is potentially in danger.
If you’ve been involved in an unsecured truck load accident, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help. Our personal injury attorneys can fight to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries and other related expenses.
Common types of unsecured truck load accidents
When a driver fails to secure their load, the consequences can be deadly. While some cargo is relatively harmless, such as agricultural crops, losing even part of the load can be enough to cause accidents. Unsecured heavy equipment, farm animals and vehicles are even more likely to cause fatalities.
The type of cargo determines how it should be secured—and where accidents may happen. For instance, car carriers use heavy chains and straps to secure vehicles to the trailer. Crops are often transported in open-top containers, often with doors or the ability to tilt the trailer to dump the load. If a driver overlooks a key latch, lock or other mechanism, they could cause an accident.
Unsecured loads can directly hit vehicles. However, even losing the load may cause other drivers to swerve, causing accidents with other vehicles. In some cases, losing a particularly heavy load can unbalance the truck and trailer.
What to do if you’re in an accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. If you didn’t suffer serious physical harm, you may also take photos of the scene, the damage to your vehicle, the weather conditions and any other relevant details. When the police arrive, find out how you can request a copy of your police report. You may also get contact details from eyewitnesses, if possible.
Next, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We’ll review your claim and handle the insurance companies for you, so you can focus on recovering. Our extensive experience with car accident claims means we know what your claim is worth—we won’t let you accept a lowball offer. While most cases usually settle out of court, we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Get help with your Ohio car accident claim
Were you injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness? Whomever is responsible, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Get in touch with me at 877-614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case as soon as possible.