Certainly at some point you have seen a truck on the road that has been overloaded or whose cargo appears to be lopsided and ready to fall off. Not only can this situation be extremely frightening to other drivers, it can also cause serious and sometimes catastrophic accidents. To illustrate, a large truck that is not properly loaded and secured is not able to negotiate sharp turns and other road conditions as easily. Not to mention that these trucks – many weighing 80,000 pounds or more – already have a hard enough time stopping given their huge size and weight. When these situations combine, they can have disastrous consequences, including serious injury and even death.
In addition, a truck whose cargo is not properly stored can easily rollover or veer into other lanes due to improper weight distribution, causing it to side swipe other vehicles in its path. Moreover, many accidents happen when unsecured or improperly secured objects and materials fall from a truck, such as construction debris, liquids and chemicals, rocks, pebbles, cement, tarps, and other types of covers.
Not surprisingly, many of these accidents occur on busy highways and other roads that trucks frequent in order to deliver or haul away materials. Other accidents of this sort also happen at store and warehouse loading docks, where innocent victims are struck while unloading a truck with unsecured goods. While not every accident can be prevented, there are certain steps that truckers can take to avoid these highly dangerous hazards, such as the following:
- Before leaving for your destination, check all of your cargo to make sure that it is secured properly and unable to move.
- Conduct an inspection of your truck and the materials that you are hauling to ensure that everything is properly secured and balanced.
- Weigh your truck with its goods to make sure that it complies with all weight requirements.
- Be sure to keep your truck in good repair and to regularly check your tires, brake systems and other areas that are more vulnerable to wear and tear.
- Consult with your employer to make sure that you are following all local and state regulations regarding proper truck loading.
- Have another employee assist you in loading your truck should you be dealing with extremely heavy or oversized cargo.
For more information on the above, or if you have been injured in an Oklahoma trucking accident, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation. You can also call us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment. Our highly skilled Oklahoma trucking accident attorneys have many years of experience in handling the challenges associated with trucking accident cases and as such, look forward to providing you with excellent representation.