Traffic accidents which involve improperly loaded trucks are typically more devastating and complex than average auto accidents. California truck accident lawyer Mickey Fine has witnessed the effects of truck accidents and pursued justice for collision victims and their families for more than two decades.
If you or a family member has suffered in a truck accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine today by completing the form on this page, or by calling (661) 333-3333 for a free consultation.
Examples of Improperly Loaded Trucks
Determining who can be held liable in a truck accident is often complicated. While many auto accidents simply involve two drivers, a truck accident could involve several parties. For example, if an accident occurs due to faulty cargo loading, the driver, the person who loaded the cargo and the trucking company could all be held liable.
Improperly loaded trucks most commonly haul cargo that is:
Unsecured: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured with shoring bars, tie downs or other tools of comparable strength. Improperly secured materials such as furniture, appliances, lumber or metal can create sudden, unavoidable roadway obstacles. Poorly secured loads can also move unexpectedly within a trailer, causing rollovers.
Unbalanced: A truck’s cargo, even when securely fastened, can still pose a potential threat if the weight within the trailer is not adequately distributed. Unbalanced loads can lead to raised centers of gravity or particularly heavy sides, making rollovers more likely.
Overloaded: When a truck is loaded beyond its weight capacity, its risk of tipping over greatly increases. Excessively heavy loads also put a greater strain on a truck’s tires and braking ability, requiring a greater distance to properly stop.
Possible Damages in an Improperly Loaded Truck Accident Claim
Following a comprehensive review of police reports, logbooks, eyewitness testimony and other vital evidence, our California truck accident lawyer may seek compensation for damages such as:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, we may be able to pursue compensation for punitive damages against a negligent trucking company, truck driver or other responsible party.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine now by calling (661) 333-3333 or by completing the form on this page to begin building your case. Our Bakersfield office proudly welcomes clients throughout California.