When people talk about car and truck accidents, they are often referring to collisions between two or more vehicles. While these types of wrecks are certainly quite common and cause significant destruction and personal injury, there is another type of accident that can be just as devastating but is not talked about as much. These accidents involve trucks that have unsecure loads or loads that are too big for the truck itself.
To see how dangerous these instances can be, one need only look to a recent North Carolina accident where one man was killed and another was injured. According to reports, a truck carrying wood utility poles made a right turn and that maneuver caused the poles to enter the lane of oncoming traffic, causing a truck to slam into the poles. The poles, which extended 16 feet off the back of the truck, smashed into the windshield of the other vehicle, causing serious injuries and death.
There are very strict laws regarding overloaded trucks and the safety precautions that must be taken to ensure that large loads are secure. However, far too often, truck companies and their drivers are ignorant of these laws or willfully fail to abide by them. When this happens, as can be seen in the instance discussed above, tragedy can result.
Making matters worse, those who survive these accidents and family members of the deceased are often left to deal with the financial aftermath. This could mean trying to find a way to cover funeral costs, medical expenses and lost wages.
Perhaps the best way to do this is to file a personal injury lawsuit that seeks to impose liability on those whose negligence caused the victim’s harm. Succeeding on such a claim could bring much needed compensation to help the victim and his or her family find the security they need to move on in life with a sense of closure and justice.
Source: WCNC, “2 Belmont City trucks crash, killing man, injuring another,” Oct. 3, 2015