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Improperly Secured Flatbed Trailer Cargo Results in Fatality

Every year, thousands of accidents are the result of trucks with improperly secured cargo. A truck with an unbalanced load can tip over or jackknife if the driver makes a sudden stop or maneuver; unsecured cargo can fall off. Improperly securing cargo can result unexpected cargo loss contributing to serious or deadly accidents.

Last month, a load of steel coils spilled across I-71 in Van Buren, Ohio in a tractor-trailer rollover accident. The accident is still under investigation, but reports state that for unknown reasons the driver drove off the left side of the road into the median before the truck re-entered the roadway, rolled, and lost its load of two 40,000-pound coils before coming to stop. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Less than a month later, a tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a dark California highway, triggering a bus accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others. The flatbed truck jackknifed after the driver drifted into the median and lost control. Police believe the driver was traveling approximately 70 mph when he tried to pass slower traffic. The bus struck the pipes before it slid down an embankment and overturned.

Motor carriers, such as flatbed trailers, are bound by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations when transporting cargo to prevent loads from shifting or falling off the truck. When a semi truck’s cargo is improperly secured, it is a direct violation of regulations provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The innocent victims and family members of the deceased may have a cause of action for a personal injury or wrongful death suit. They may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, and other damages. Once they obtain legal representation from an experienced attorney, the plaintiffs who are facing mounting financial difficulties may wish to seek lawsuit funding.

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