July 19, 2020

Hit by Unsecured Cargo Off a Truck, Do I Have a Personal Injury Case in California?

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by unsecured cargo, you may be confused about your rights to compensation for injuries. In California, we have seen a problem over the years with unsecured cargo falling off trucks and leading to disastrous accidents. According to research, 37% of all roadway deaths are attributed to debris in the roadway and a motorist swerving to avoid same. A lot of this debris is unsecured cargo.  Our Los Angeles unsecured cargo accident lawyers at the Amicus Legal Group can help victims and their families after this type of serious accident.

FMCSA Regulations for Unsecured Cargo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and enforces strict rules for the carrying and securing of cargo on a truck. These rules specifically require that all cargo “must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle.”  There are many regulations that govern anchor points, types of straps, tie downs, acceleration and deceleration strength, and other rules that are aimed to protect other motorists.

An instability due to shifting cargo can cause a rollover. In addition, cargo that is not secured properly can fall onto the roadway, causing other drivers to swerve and potentially causing an accident. In both cases, other vehicles on the road are at risk for a collision. When a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle such as a car, the car is the far more vulnerable vehicle.

Ask our Los Angeles Unsecured Cargo Accident Lawyers for Help

Victims of truck accidents often face catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries that you have sustained. Consult with an experienced Los Angeles unsecured cargo accident lawyer to understand your rights to compensation after a truck accident in California. For more information and a FREE case review, contact us today at (888) 588-1777.  We are ready and willing to help.