Monday, July 11, 2011
Unbalanced Truck Loads
No truck is perfectly balanced. Fuel tanks, batteries, and other factory-supplied offsets can significantly impact the symmetry of a cab. If cargo is not properly loaded to balance a truck’s weight, the truck itself can become very dangerous.
If you have ever been on the highway when a truck lost its load, you know how frightening it can be. Cargo falling from a truck is dangerous both as it falls and once it hits the roadway. Worse still, an unbalanced load places additional stress on the cab of the truck, potentially leading to brake failure and axel breaks. Unbalanced truck loads greatly increase the chances of a truck accident occurring.
Dangerous Truck Loads
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), shifting cargo is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. If a load is not properly tied down, it increases a trailer’s risk of rolling over, as well as the risk of jackknifes. Cargo safety standards developed by the FMCSA require loads be properly balanced and secured, but in their rush to make a quick delivery, many companies fail to comply with these regulations, putting everyone on the road at risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an unbalanced truck in Milwaukee or surrounding areas of Wisconsin, please contact the experienced truck accident attorneys at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin today schedule a free consultation.
posted by Megan P at 11:23 AM