Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyers Reveal 3 Common Cargo Mistakes
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
When our Vancouver truck accident attorneys learn about cargo accidents or spills, we try not to jump to conclusions.
After all, cargo problems are diverse. Their root causes may not be simple to identify. You need to be careful when you speculate on legal liability. You do not want to blame a loading company or cargo loader for a problem that is really a container company’s fault—or the fault of a negligent driver.
Following are three common causes of truck cargo accidents:
1. Poorly secured or loaded cargo.
The natural rattling and rumbling of the road can send a truck's crates flying off the vehicle. It can even cause packages to tumble internally, thus temporarily changing the truck’s center of mass. A shift in the vehicle's center of gravity can subsequently cause the driver to miscalculate a turn or veer out of a lane into another car.
2. Cargo that catches on fire or gets caught up in an unwanted chemical reaction.
Trucks haul all sorts of dangerous cargo, including volatile organic compounds, explosive material, heavy metals, garbage, and construction materials. A chemical or explosive reaction can have devastating consequences.
3. Mismatch between the cargo storage needs and the systems and capacities of the truck.
If the cargo is too heavy for the vehicle—or if the truck was not engineered to haul the cargo—disaster can result. For instance, a truck carrying more than its maximum load can lose traction on a steep mountain pass.
What to do about your Vancouver truck crash?
Whether your SUV struck a package dropped by a truck on the freeway, or a jackknifing truck caused injuries to you and your loved ones, the McComb Witten team is here to help. Our experienced Vancouver truck crash attorneys can explain your rights and options in clear, concise language. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free consultation. You may also to download our free e-book, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know, for additional useful tips.
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