Commercial haulers are extremely prevalent on roads throughout Louisiana. Technically speaking, this is a good thing, as it means consumer demand is high and the economy is improving. Unfortunately, it can also create many dangers, as an increase in these types of vehicles on the road are a pretty big threat to public safety.
Sadly, truck accidents are fairly common and happen for a number of reasons. One of those reasons being cargo securement issues. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident because of unsecured cargo, you may have legal recourse.
Who regulates trucking companies?
The federal government regulates trucking companies. Strict rules and guidelines are in place specifically to protect company owners, employees and the general public. If the owners of trucking companies fail to follow the government regulations, they may face legal actions which could do some serious damage to their bottom lines.
What do regulations say about the proper securing of cargo?
One thing that is highly regulated is the securement of cargo. How much cargo is allowed per truck and how it is loaded matters. If not done per the approved regulations, items can fall from a trailer or cause balance issues. Either of these situations can be a real hazard for the other drivers on the road. Currently, securement rules specify that:
- Only the use of approved tie downs is permitted.
- Ties must be connected to approved anchor points.
- The number of tie downs required varies depending on the weight of the cargo.
- Trucks are not to carry more than their approved weight.
How can I seek damages following a truck accident?
Louisiana residents who have been injured or lost loved ones in truck accidents may pursue civil actions against the trucking companies and the drivers deemed responsible. An experienced attorney can file the appropriate claims in court and provide representation during litigation or negotiations.
At the end of the day, if cargo is not secured properly, the risk of a truck accident occurring dramatically increases. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial hauler you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. If negligence can be successfully established, you could be entitled to monetary damages for your suffering.