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Improperly loaded cargo puts Missouri motorists at risk

A majority of freight delivered in the United States is transported at least part of the way by truck. With over 15 million transport trucks in operation, it's no surprise that improperly loaded cargo is among the leading causes of big rig crashes. Unless truck drivers are adequately trained to inspect their loads, they might not even be aware of the dangers associated with the freight they move across America.

If a cargo trailer is loaded unevenly, freight is more likely to move when the driver executes a rapid lane change or other evasive maneuver. Shifting loads can cause trailers to rock or flip onto their sides. A tractor-trailer that flips is essentially dead weight skidding out of control and putting everything in its path in danger. Furthermore, thin trailer walls can be easily punctured. This could lead to freight spilling onto a roadway and creating hazardous conditions for surrounding motorists. Additionally, unsecured items on trailers can fall off and create treacherous driving for adjacent and following drivers.

Most truck drivers are not required to load their trailers. However, they should be trained in proper loading techniques and fully inspect their trailers. When freight is negligently loaded or secured, the trucking company could be held liable if an accident ensues.

Tractor-trailer crashes can be complicated by many contributing factors. Trucking accident lawyers often work with accident and safety engineers to ascertain the exact causes of crashes. A thorough evaluation of all data could help ensure that a victim gets full and fair compensation after a crash.

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