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Truck Accidents from Unsecured Cargo

You Have the Right to Pursue Just Compensation

Trucks present potential problems for other vehicles on the road, sometimes much more so than automobiles. They are much larger, take longer to slow down or stop, and can't maneuver easily or quickly. Another major problem involves having unsecured cargo. According to federal law, all loads must be properly secured and fastened.

This includes using bungees, tie downs, straps, and other fastening equipment necessary so that the truck driver can safely operate the vehicle without worrying about displacement. This is a federal requirement - failure to follow these rules means that truck drivers, trucking companies, or the third party company hired to perform loading can be held liable if an accident occurs.

Why is unsecured or overloaded cargo on trucks a problem? If cargo load is not secured properly, the following can happen:

  • Cargo loads can fall out and debris can scatter on the roads
  • Shifts in loads can diminish maneuverability of a truck
  • Braking can be delayed if a truck is overloaded

Having properly secured cargo is important when you consider the type of material that trucks carry - concrete, metal pipes, boulders, massive containers, lumber - all of which can cause serious injuries to people if dislodged.

If the cargo is not secured properly, it can shift and break loose, causing other vehicles to have to swerve, leading to a multi-vehicle accident. Poorly secured freight can also shift inside an enclosed container truck, and such shifting can result in rollovers or jackknifes.

Legal Help from the Portland Truck Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident by a truck carrying unsecured cargo, you need to consult with our firm's Portland personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment.

You will find that the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe is well versed and experienced in helping individuals recover compensation. We have the advantage of having worked for the insurance companies in the past, and we know they will endeavor to pay you as little compensation as possible.

We can represent truck accident claims involving:

Whether you were injured in a truck/car accident or you were injured while driving a truck on the job, we can evaluate your claim and help you understand your possible sources of compensation.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Portland

It's crucial to obtain legal help as soon as possible after a truck accident. Our team starts investigating before evidence can be lost or destroyed. We are passionate about seeing that victims realize adequate restitution when the truck driver or trucking company is at fault and offer potential clients a free, initial consultation to discuss and review their claim.

Call our firm and learn how we can help as an experienced Portland truck accident lawyer!