As seen in the map of major freight flow by cargo trucks, Kansas City is the heart and soul of Missouri’s trucking industry. The importance of the trucking industry for our economy cannot be overstated, as nearly 71 percent of all cargo moved in the U.S. is carried by trucks.
Economists say that without the trucking industry and more than 3.5 million truck drivers across the country, the U.S. economy would suffer enormous losses.
Given that cargo trucks are the lifeblood of our economy, it is not uncommon to see commercial cargo and delivery trucks traveling on highways and roads in Kansas City.
Unfortunately, a truck carrying freight is more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident due to the increased risk of overloading, incorrect loading, and lack of special training and knowledge associated with driving large trucks.
Our Kansas City cargo truck accident attorney at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., can help you pursue legal action against the at-fault trucking company and its trucker, proving that they failed to comply with the federal rules regarding cargo inspection, loading, and securement.
Most Kansas City residents have probably seen at least one truck accident. More often than not, truck accidents involve a jackknifing truck or truck rollover.
But cargo-related truck crashes are just as frequent. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cargo, debris, and other material that has unintentionally fallen off trucks onto the roadways contribute to an estimated more than 25,000 collisions each year, resulting in up to 90 fatalities.
In view of the hazards associated with poorly loaded and secured cargo on trucks, the U.S. Department of Transportation imposes dozens of regulations on how commercial trucks must load and secure the cargo. These federal rules are especially strict for trucks transporting “hazardous cargo,” which carries the risk of explosion or fire.
When a trucking company or third-party responsible for loading and securing the cargo fails to comply with the federal law, it increases the risk of the cargo falling off from the vehicle onto the roadway.
If there is another vehicle traveling at high speed behind a truck, and the cargo carried by truck comes loose, the consequences can be deadly. Loading truck freight properly can prevent both solid cargo and liquids from swaying due to the motion, which, in its turn, can prevent a rollover truck crash or jackknife accident.
When a truck is overloaded, the risk of causing a motor vehicle crashes increases tenfold. Typically, trucks carrying more cargo than allowed by federal regulations tend to incorrectly secure their cargo so that they can fit as many items as possible.
In Missouri, cargo truck drivers must perform a pre-trip inspection before embarking on a new haul. The idea of the inspection is to ensure that the size and weight of the cargo do not exceed the federal limits to prevent the truck from tipping over, jackknifing, or being unreasonably hard to maneuver.
When securing cargo, truck drivers – or a third party responsible for loading or securing cargo – must comply with the following guidelines:
Let our Kansas City truck accident lawyer review your case and help you determine who was responsible for the improperly secured or loaded cargo. Contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.
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