Improperly loading a truck may increase the risk of an accident while traveling on a Georgia road or highway. This is because it may cause too much weight to shift to one section of the truck, which can cause it to weave, jackknife or topple over when driven at high speeds.
Examples of improper loading techniques
Commercial trucks have a weight limit calculated based on their size and other key factors. If the weight limit is exceeded, there is a higher risk of brake failure or tire damage. These issues may be exacerbated by inclement weather or poor road conditions. The risk of truck accidents may also increase if a commercial vehicle is carrying an oversized load as it may have trouble navigating busy roadways or getting through shorter overpasses. Ideally, trucks carrying oversized loads will be properly marked and take routes specifically designed to avoid potential hazards.
Mitigating transportation risks
Trucking companies may reduce the risk of an accident by employing professionally trained drivers regarding issues related to storing and securing cargo. Companies may also want to perform routine inspections to ensure that loading policies are being followed. If you discover that such procedures were not in place before a crash, it may be used as evidence of the defendant’s negligence during settlement talks or a trial.
If your vehicle is struck by a commercial truck, you may incur significant property damage. You may also experience a variety of injuries such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, or internal bleeding. Assuming that you can prove that the defendant acted negligently, you may be entitled to compensation for car repair bills, medical bills, and other expenses related to the defendant’s irresponsible behavior.