Truck accidents on Mississippi roads can have many different causes. One cause that may not be readily apparent is improper loading of the semi-trailer. Improper loading can produce several scenarios, all leading to difficult handling that can cause the driver to lose control, possibly leading to catastrophic accidents.
The different types of improper loading
Three different types of improper loading can lead to truck accidents. These are unbalanced loading, overweight loading and unsecured loading.
Uneven cargo weight distribution can cause truck components like the frame, suspension, tires or axle housings to fail. Weight too far forward makes the brakes too touchy and sensitive, making the trailer swing to one side. Weight too far back can lift the truck off its front tires. When too much of the load is on either side, a rollover accident or jackknife could occur.
Overweight loading affects the truck’s overall performance, especially on inclines and declines, causing a driver to lose control, as steering and braking are involved, particularly when the vehicle is heading downhill. Unsecured loads are those that aren’t tied down and can pose problems for the truck driver as well as other motorists. Freight can shift, causing problems in handling, or even fall off, causing an unexpected obstruction in the road.
Commercial truck accidents can cause injuries
The sheer weight and size of many commercial trucks make these vehicles dangerous, leading to life-changing personal injuries when they come into contact with cars and other smaller vehicles.
The commercial trucking industry is also highly regulated, meaning that rules must be strictly followed to comply with various laws. Not following these rules, which include proper loading techniques, can result in liability involving more than just the truck driver.
Those injured in a trucking accident caused by the negligence of another may be able to file an injury claim that can provide payments for medical treatments, living expenses or lost wages. If you have been injured as a result of a truck accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney who handles these specific types of cases.