Naples Unsecured Cargo Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial truck accidents can occur for any number of reasons. One that is often overlooked is unsecured cargo. Indeed, items falling off commercial trucks lead to tens of thousands of accidents each year.
These accidents are often the result of truck drivers and trucking companies failing to follow safety regulations designed to prevent such incidents in the first place. So if you, or someone that you love, has been injured by cargo or other materials that have fallen out of a commercial vehicle, the Naples unsecured cargo truck accident lawyer at Cardinal Law, P.A., is here to help. We can represent you in seeking financial compensation from the negligent trucking company, truck driver, and third parties whose acts contributed to your accident and injuries.
Ignoring Cargo Safety Rules Can Prove Costly
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial trucking in the United States. The FMCSA has a number of rules and guidelines that trucking companies need to follow when loading and securing cargo on commercial transport vehicles. Failure to follow the FMCSA rules can lead to a serious truck accident. Some of the more common scenarios include:
- The persons loading the truck failed to properly account for the size and weight of the cargo, as well as the vehicle itself.
- Cargo was “secured” using devices in a way they were not designed for in the first place.
- The devices used to secure the cargo were broken, damaged, or simply worn out from excessive use.
- The truck was loaded in an improper or imbalanced manner, thus making the devices used to secure the cargo ineffective.
- The truck is simply overloaded, i.e., it is carrying more cargo that is allowed by its weight limit.
It is the legal responsibility of every truck driver to inspect their cargo before beginning a trip to ensure that all items are properly secured. Unfortunately, many drivers are under pressure from their employers or customers to deliver cargo as quickly as possible. This can often lead to drivers ignoring safety rules, including those governing the securing of cargo.
And while unsecured cargo falling off a commercial vehicle and onto the roadway is the most visible consequence of such lax attention to safety procedures, it is equally important to consider the potential for accidents as a result of an improperly loaded truck. When cargo is not properly secured, that makes the vehicle itself more difficult for the driver to handle. This can lead to a critical mistake and a catastrophic accident.
Contact Cardinal Law Today
Any accident involving a commercial truck is serious. But when that accident is the result of unsecured cargo, it strongly suggests that individual negligence was to blame. And if you have been injured as the result of such negligence, you have the right to seek compensation under Florida law.
So if you need to speak with a skilled Naples unsecured cargo truck accident lawyer, contact Cardinal Law, P.A., today to schedule a free initial consultation.