When circumstances call for large items or large quantities of small goods to be hauled from one place to another, an individual or company will often load them in the bed of a pickup truck a large trailer. When the items being transported are heavy, these truck drivers may assume that the load is safe. Unfortunately, if they are not to properly tied down and secured, they may move and even fall out of trucks in transit.
When items fall out of vehicles and onto roadways, they can cause serious accidents and devastating injuries to other motorists and pedestrians. If you have been hurt by falling cargo, or because of your attempts to avoid colliding with falling cargo, contact the Clearwater truck accident lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., at 727-441-9030 today. You may be entitled to pursue financial compensation through legal action.
Avoiding an Accident
Truck drivers have a responsibility to ensure that all hauled items are adequately secured and unlikely to fall out of or off of the vehicle. Though you can do little to predict the negligent acts of a trucker, you can be prepared to react to falling cargo. The following may be useful if you observe a truck or trailer with items that appear to be improperly secured:
- Anticipate the worst and have a plan in case an item falls into the road.
- Try to avoid traveling behind trucks with cargo, but if you have to, make sure you leave ample space between the truck and your car.
- If you see items moving or think they will fall, try to get the driver’s attention or call the trucking company to report it.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a consequence of a driver’s failure to secure cargo, contact the lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., by calling 727-441-9030. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other damages.