It can be dangerous sharing the highways and freeways in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with tractor trailers, and especially when their loads are not properly secured. When large trucks lose their cargo, the unlucky vehicles that get in their way can become involved in very dangerous accidents. It’s estimated that over 50,000 accidents are caused each year by falling debris, which cause over 400 deaths and 10,000 injuries.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets specific regulations for the proper loading of cargo. Both the company that loads the truck as well as the truck driver must ensure that all cargo is properly loaded and secured. The cargo must not be allowed to shift or roll and there must be a minimum amount of tie downs. The cargo must also be able to withstand certain forces.
When cargo comes loose and causes an accident, there are a number of parties that could potentially be liable. The truck driver, the trucking company, or the warehouse where the cargo was loaded could all be to blame. It’s important that anyone injured in an accident caused by falling cargo hires legal representation to perform an investigation and to ensure that the accident victim is treated fairly.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of falling cargo from a tractor trailer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. We can help. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call us today at 972-231-5800 to learn more.