A Nova Scotia hockey coach was driving along the highway when he noticed a logging truck taking a turn too fast. All of a sudden, the truck started to lose its load of lumber. The man was able to flip his car into a deep ditch to avoid the logs, but sustained a back and ankle injury as a result.
The hockey coach counts himself as lucky, suspecting that the outcome would have been worse had it been someone else driving a different vehicle or a family of four that encountered the logs. He expressed his frustration by saying, "I don't think that driving down the road with four or three steel beams on each side of thousands of pounds of logs is sufficient to hold logs in."
Overloaded Trucks & Falling Debris
Interestingly enough, recent reports indicate that two of the most dangerous jobs are working for the logging industry and the trucking industry. The roads are not just a dangerous place for truck drivers, however, they are dangerous for any motorist or pedestrian who is so unfortunate as to become involved in a truck accident.
One common factor that can cause serious accidents on the road include overloaded trucks and falling debris. Examples of materials often involved in these cases include:
- Heavy Construction Equipment
- Steel Beams
- Hazardous Materials
- Large Items in General
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations
State and federal traffic safety laws dictate weight limits for trucks and how cargo is to be distributed and secured. If you were injured in an accident involving falling debris, we can see whether or not a truck was following the regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Standards set forth by the FMCSA include:
- Cargo must be properly distributed and secured
- The vehicle's structure and equipment must be secured
- Cargo must be secured so it does not leak, spill, blow off, fall or shift
Often, however, a truck driver / trucking company will cut corners to get a load to its required destination faster. When this happens, serious accidents can occur that cause other motorists to suffer harm that include paralysis, blindness, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or in some cases, even death.
Damages You Could Receive
If you were involved in an overloaded truck accident, you could be entitled to damages that include:
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Income
- Repair Bills
- Punitive Damages
Call Arnold & Itkin today!
We have proudly secured more than $1 billion worth of compensation for our clients. We fight hard for trucking accident victims; we once rejected a $5,000 settlement and won a $1.6 million verdict instead. For more information and to tell us about the particulars surrounding your case do not hesitate to contact our legal team at Arnold & Itkin LLP today and receive a free consultation!