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How Improperly Loaded Cargo Causes Truck Accidents

There are a variety of reasons why thousands of big truck crashes occur each year on our nation’s roadways. We often hear of distracted, intoxicated, or fatigued truck drivers who were behind the wheel when these accidents occur. But you may be surprised to know that the cargo loaded within the bed of a truck or trailer can cause a deadly crash as well.

Cargo that comes loose from restraints can be thrown backward or to the side while the truck is in motion. Even if the moving cargo doesn’t cause a crash directly, the truck driver may attempt to overcorrect and brake suddenly and end up in an accident.

There are also dangers posed when the cargo is loaded incorrectly, not just loosely. Overloading a truck can lead to brake failure or the excess weight can unexpectedly cause the truck to brake slower than the driver anticipates.

Additionally, cargo that is too top-heavy can throw off the truck’s center of gravity, causing the vehicle to tip and increasing the risk of a rollover truck accident. If this happens, any vehicle in the adjacent lane will be in danger of being crushed or hit.

Warning Signs of Improperly Loaded Cargo

When you’re driving next to a big truck, always look for signs that the cargo may be improperly loaded and the trailer is off-balance. Here are a few things to keep your eye out for:

  • Small pieces of cardboard, plastic, metal, or other debris in the lane behind where the truck is driving

  • The tarp covering a flatbed comes up in one corner

  • The entire truck staggers or tips when it changes lanes or goes over a small bump

  • The trailer doors swinging partially open while the truck is in motion

If you notice any of these signs, try to safely get either in front of the vehicle or get off the same road. The truck driver may not even be aware of the hazards behind them; you can also notify local law enforcement if you believe that the truck is unsafe and puts others at risk.

Determining Liability in a Cargo-Related Crash

After a truck accident, you may assume that the truck driver is the one solely responsible for the accident and liable to pay for your damages. However, there may be additional parties at fault.

Whatever the circumstances of your truck accident, you need seasoned legal representation immediately. The Dream Team at Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys has successfully obtained millions on behalf of our clients. Let us fight for you so that you have the best possible chances at receiving maximum and just compensation.


Take control of your truck accident claim in Savannah. Contact the Dream Team at (912) 809-5335 to schedule your no-fee, no-obligation consultation.

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