Austin Lost Load Truck Accident Lawyer
Driving on roads and highways alongside large trucks carrying loads of cargo can pose a significant danger to drivers and passengers of cars and other motor vehicles. If cargo is not properly secured, debris can fall off of a truck and hit another vehicle or a pedestrian alongside the road, resulting in significant injuries or even death.
It’s important when driving behind trucks carrying loads to be cautious and aware that everything may not be secure. If you have suffered an injury due to falling debris from unsecured cargo, it’s crucial to seek the counsel of an Austin lost load truck accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP who can help you understand your legal options.
Texas Law and Commercial Truck Cargo
State and federal safety regulations are in place to protect people on the road by keeping cargo loads secured at all times when traveling. Although trucking companies and truck drivers must adhere to these regulations, many ignore the laws and do not properly secure their cargo.
In Texas, it is prohibited to carry loose materials, such as furniture, heavy equipment, and gravel, without properly securing it in some way. Penalties for violating this law can include fines between $500 and $5,000.
If the trucker or trucking company involved in your accident received a citation for one of these reasons, it could go a long way toward justifying your need for financial compensation.
Causes of Lost Loads
Items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads account for about two-thirds of lost-load-related crashes. The cause of a lost load could be any number of things; however, most are the result of some form of negligence.
Truck accidents involving lost loads may be caused by any of the following reasons:
- Failing to secure and tie down cargo at all
- Incorrectly securing cargo
- Failing to regularly inspect and correct any cargo during transport that may have shifted
- Securing cargo with broken or faulty equipment
- Driving in a manner that causes cargo to shift or fall off, such as turning improperly or driving too fast
Discovering the precise reason behind the lost load that caused your accident can be a challenge, but your truck wreck lawyer will perform a full investigation into the circumstances of the crash. Once the source is discovered, you will be able to file a claim against those responsible.
You Deserve Compensation for Your Lost Load Accident
Nobody expects to be driving and suddenly have a piece of furniture or heavy equipment smash through the windshield. This can happen just about anywhere and at any time when truck drivers fail to properly secure their cargo, and horrific injuries and catastrophic property damages are often the end result.
With our help, you can seek compensation for all of the ways that the crash has affected your life—financial, physical, and emotional. The list below includes just a few of the possibilities:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Lost income and reduced earning potential due to your injuries
- Expenses related to hiring a caregiver
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (damage done to your personal relationships because of your injuries)
Call an Austin Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
After suffering an injury from a lost load, understanding the legal details with the help an Austin lost load truck accident lawyer is necessary to protect your rights. Colley & Colley, LLP will represent you with compassion and dedication combined with skill and substantial legal knowledge.
With decades of courtroom experiences helping clients like you, we know how to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call 512-477-2001 or submit the form below to arrange your free legal consultation and case evaluation.