Trucks with unsecured loads pose a significant danger to other drivers and cars on the road. Debris that follows from a truck’s unsecured load can hit another vehicle or even another pedestrian alongside the road, which can result in significant injuries or even deaths. Furthermore, these unsecured loads can lead to accidents causing significant property damage. If you are injured by loose cargo falling off of trucks in Vegas, a truck accident attorney at the Ladah Law Firm can help you recover damages. Call us at 702.252.0055 for a free consultation.
According to data collected from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, unsecured loads and road debris caused 440 deaths and 10,000 injuries in more than 51,000 incidents. These figures involve only non-commercial vehicles carrying unsecured loads. A study performed by the Government Accountability Office reports that the exact number of crashes involving unsecured loads is unknown because there is “no mechanism for distinguishing road obstructions resulting from human error, such as an unsecured load, and those involving natural elements such as a fallen tree.”
To ensure the safety of commercial vehicles carrying loads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has enacted regulations governing securing cargo on commercial vehicles. There, however, is not a similar set of regulations for non-commercial vehicles carrying cargo. Rather, it is up to each state to pass laws and penalties for operating with an unsecured load. As of 2010, only 15 states had laws governing non-commercial vehicles operating with unsecured loads. Even fewer states (10) had safety education programs teaching drivers on how to secure loads.
Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has enacted various regulations to ensure that cargo is properly secured on commercial vehicles. Depending on the type of cargo, commercial vehicles must take proper steps to ensure that cargo is secured and routinely inspected. While the FMCSA has passed regulations concerning securing cargo loads for commercial vehicles, this does not necessarily mean that the regulations are followed. In fact, the regulations are often not followed, which can place other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Common causes of truck accidents involving unsecured cargo include:
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by an unsecured cargo load, the Ladah Law Firm’s Las Vegas truck accident attorneys can protect your rights. The Ladah Law Firm employs a team of experienced truck accident attorneys who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact Ladah Law Firm’s unsecured truck accident lawyers in Vegas today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You can call us at 702.252.0055.
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