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A truck's cargo: how it can be a critical factor in accidents

A few months ago, we wrote a post about truck accidents and how these incredibly serious wrecks can cause fatal injuries to innocent people. They are a real problem, and until self-driving technology truly takes over and eliminates a vast swath of common accident causes, truck accidents will always be an issue.

We would like to examine one particular factor with truck accidents today: the cargo. Any materials or objects that a truck is carrying could be a central reason as to why a truck accident occurred in the first place. So how could this be? 

There are a number of ways. The first is if the cargo is imbalanced or too heavy. These factors directly affect a truck's stability out on the road, and leaving the truck driver with a very difficult task in terms of keeping the vehicle under control.

Another factor is securing the cargo. If cargo falls off of a flat bed truck, it can directly cause an accident. If it tips over in a closed trailer, it could lead to a truck flipping over.

Last but not least, the trailer itself must be secured to the truck. If this isn't properly done, then you can have the truly scary premise of a runaway trailer on a highway or road. This could, obviously, lead to devastating results.

A truck's cargo is a central factor in some accidents. If you have been harmed in a truck accident, please get your case reviewed. You don't deserve to suffer due to a truck driver's negligence or a truck company's indifference.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident FAQ," Accessed Aug. 7, 2017

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