Truck Accidents Caused by Shifting and Falling Cargo


It is easy for a truck driver to lose control of his rig when his cargo shifts or falls. Sometimes the cargo inside a trailer is not secured properly before the truck hauling it leaves the terminal. Later, as the truck travels to its destination, the cargo shifts suddenly.

Improperly tied down logs, dressed lumber or stacked building products can fall off an open flatbed trailer or log truck striking nearby vehicles and injuring their occupants. Gravel, sawdust, bags of cement or other products may spill off a flatbed or dump truck creating a dust cloud that blinds other drivers and causes pile ups. Inadequately tied down front end loaders, bulldozers, or other heavy equipment under transport can break from their moorings, fall, and injure innocent motorists nearby.

Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen’s commerical truck accident lawyers are familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which prescribe how a large truck’s load must be contained, immobilized or secured in order to maintain the truck’s stability and maneuverability. Our lawyers understand these regulations prohibit a trucking company and its drivers from operating a large truck unless the vehicle’s cargo is properly distributed and adequately secured according to federal specifications. A truck driver’s failure to comply with these federal requirements may constitute negligence and serve as the legal basis for a personal injury or product liability lawsuit.

Give the attorneys at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen a call at 866-388-6408 or email us . Our attorneys, investigators, and staff can review the facts of your case and tell you whether the negligence of a truck driver or his company may have caused your accident.