As motorists on California’s many roadways, we are tasked with the responsibility of sharing the roads with other travelers. These travelers may include drivers of other cars, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians. In addition, travelers must share the road with big rig trucks. These massive vehicles present significant dangers due to their size and force. Unfortunately, when big rig trucks are not properly loaded with the cargo they are hauling, the risk of a crash dramatically increases.
Four Ways of Improperly Loading Big Rig Trucks
Improperly loading cargo onto a big rig truck is easier than one might think. Even though federal regulations govern the proper loading of these vehicles, mistakes and negligence still take place. The following are four examples of how a big rig truck might be improperly loaded:
- Cargo is not properly covered by a protective barrier or wrap.
- The weight of the cargo is not distributed evenly across the bed of the truck.
- Straps are not properly tightened in order to keep the cargo secure.
- Cargo is not properly stacked.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of improperly-loaded trucks is that it can often be impossible for other motorists to tell when cargo is safely or unsafely loaded. Without realizing it, the large truck you are traveling next to might be presenting a significant danger due to improperly loaded cargo. To counteract this risk, you should always leave a safe distance between your vehicle and any large trucks.
If you were involved in an accident with a large truck, it is important to have a strong legal team in your corner. We are here to help. We offer complimentary case evaluations to discuss the details of your accident. Contact us anytime, 24/7, at (800) 989-6385.