Unsecured Truck Loads Pose a Serious Risk to Other Road Users
Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that over 4,000 trucks and buses are involved in fatal accidents each year. Some of these involve unsecured loads. Why are they so dangerous, what does the law say about unsecured loads, and what can you do if yourself or a family member is injured or killed in such an accident? The following explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance.
Examining the Catastrophic Nature of Unsecured Loads
Unsecured loads have always been a problem, but it was not until the catastrophic injury of a young Washington woman that it gained national attention. While driving down Interstate 405, a piece of unsecured furniture fell from a U-haul truck and hit the young woman’s windshield. The injury that resulted left her permanently blind. To date, she has undergone seven reconstructive surgeries and years of physical therapy.
Others have faced similar, and even more frightening injuries. Victims have died from debris going through their windshields. They have endured catastrophic and sometimes fatal auto accidents because an item has fallen from a truck and into their path. In short, unsecured loads present a serious threat to every road user, and it should never happen.
Understanding the Complexity of Truck Accident Claims
Truck accidents are highly complex for several different reasons. First, there are multiple parties that could be considered negligent, such as the driver, trucking agency, mechanic, or loading warehouse. Second, an investigation must typically be done to determine the exact cause of an accident. Lastly, there is always the risk of a denied or reduced claim – especially when dealing with the trucking industry. As such, victims are encouraged to always seek experienced legal assistance after a truck accident death or injury.
Pursuing Compensation After a Truck Accident
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, do not speak to the insurance company. Do not sign any requested documents. Instead, have your case examined by an experienced attorney to determine if you may be eligible for additional compensation.
Dedicated to your best interests and understanding of the struggles you are facing, Louis J. Willett, Attorney at Law, has over 30 years of trial experience. We can help you navigate the claims process and will fight aggressively to ensure you get the most compensation possible. Learn more by scheduling a free and personalized consultation with our Fremont truck accident lawyer. Call 510-791-2244 today.