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How Cargo Spills Cause Additional Damage and Injuries

Published in truck accident on February 10, 2020.

Traffic accidents that involve trucks are among the most dangerous accidents on our roadways. When a massive semi-truck’s cargo spills in the process of an accident, it makes things that much more dangerous and deadly. Even when the cargo itself is relatively innocuous, the damage caused by cargo that spills out at highway speeds is difficult to overestimate. When that cargo is a hazardous material to begin with, the potential danger increases exponentially. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Macon truck accident attorney on your side.

Causes of Cargo Spills

Sometimes the impact of an accident causes a semi’s cargo to spill out in the accident’s wake, but sometimes, a cargo spill causes the accident in question. A variety of different factors can lead to cargo spills, but some common contributors include:

  • Poorly Loaded Cargo – Trucking companies are responsible for sending out safe trucks, and part of this responsibility includes loading them safely and properly. The cargo’s weight must be distributed evenly and carefully – with no additional room for shifting and excess movement. Further, the trailer must never be loaded in a manner that renders the semi top-heavy. Poorly loaded cargo often contributes to rollovers. 
  • Taking Turns too Quickly – 18-wheelers are so massive that when they take turns and ramps too quickly, the immense momentum can lead to cargo spills.
  • Failing to Perform Proper Maintenance – To keep a tractor-trailer operating safely, trucking companies and truck drivers are responsible for performing regular maintenance and safety checks. The safety mechanisms that help keep the cargo safely secured can wear out and lead to dangerous accidents when maintenance and safety checks are haphazard.  
  • Failing to Properly Implement Safety Devices – In order to keep a trailer’s cargo secure, safety devices such as straps and locks must be put to use correctly. When the trucker fails to make sure that the appropriate safety devices are in place and being used correctly for every leg of every trip, dangerous accidents involving cargo spills can ensue.  

Contributing Factors

Truck drivers are professional drivers who are held to stricter rules and regulations than non-commercial drivers. Sometimes, a trucker’s condition can lead to a cargo spill. For example, a truck driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol can obviously make the kind of bad decisions that can cause any number of dangerous accidents. Further, a trucker who is fatigued or distracted can overlook the safety protocols that help keep cargo spills from happening. 

If You’ve Been Injured in a Cargo Spill Accident, Consult with an Experienced Macon Truck Accident Attorney Today

Truck accidents are exceedingly dangerous accidents, and cargo spills can make them even more so. At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, our experienced Macon truck accident attorneys have the experience, commitment, and skill to help ensure your case’s most positive resolution. Our dedicated legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.

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