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Cargo Issues Lead to Georgia Truck Crashes


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7/29/2011
Dover Law Firm
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When Georgia truck accidents occur, most people automatically assume it was due to negligence on the part of the trucker, such as distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, or even aggressive driving. However, sometimes truck wrecks occur because the rig wasn't loaded properly.

When cargo is not loaded correctly, a rollover can occur. For example, if a trucker takes a sharp turn and the cargo wasn't placed securely and properly into the semi truck, the truck's center of gravity can be thrown off causing a jackknife accident or a rollover crash to occur.

When this happens, serious injuries and fatalities may result to innocent motorists sharing the road with that truck.

If you have been injured in a rollover or jackknife truck accident in Georgia, it is possible that the cargo was not placed securely or distributed evenly the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines. There are rules on "Cargo Securement" that every truck driver and trucking company must know about and adhere to, including:
  • Unsecured loads (poorly secured)
  • Heavy loads (overloaded)
  • Improperly loaded cargo (unbalanced loads)

Although someone else besides the driver may have loaded the truck, the trucker is still responsible for his load. According to FMCSA, the driver is supposed to inspect the cargo before traveling with it to ensure that it has been safely secured and is within the legal weight he is allowed to transport.

Contact a Marietta truck accident attorney immediately after your Georgia crash with a trucker so that all evidence is collected and pictures of the cargo are taken, which will help your personal injury case. Contact The Dover Law Firm at 1.770.518.1133 for a free legal consultation today.

Category: Auto/Truck Wreck


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