Lots of freight moved across North Carolina takes at least part of its journey by truck. While many motorists may not think about what’s inside those trailers on the highway, the manner in which they are loaded can mean life or death. Loading errors are one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. If a truck driver doesn’t fully inspect the cargo, he or she may be unaware of the dangerous load being transported.
When transport trailers are loaded unevenly, shifting is more likely to occur following sudden lane changes or evasive maneuvers. Load shifts often lead to the trailer swaying, rocking or completely flipping onto its side. When a rollover occurs, there is no braking or steering capability and everything in its path is placed in danger. This is especially true for adjacent vehicles and their passengers. The walls of most trailers are thin, and the impact of rolling over can cause spillage, creating further risks for motorists sharing the roadway. Failing to properly restrain cargo carried via flatbed trailers can also result in cargo falling and creating hazardous obstacles for motorists.
While drivers are not usually required to load their cargo, they should be trained in proper loading and inspection techniques. Improperly loaded freight can ultimately lead to injuries and lawsuits.
With every trucking accident, there are many possible contributing factors. Trucking accident lawyers often work with safety engineers to gather information and determine the causes. A truck accident lawyer will be familiar with safety regulations, including industry-approved cargo loading procedures. Thoroughly evaluating all available data allows injured victims to choose the best path forward in the wake of a trucking crash.