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West Virginia Truck Accidents Involving Unsecure Cargo

Accidents from Improperly Loaded Trucks

Among the various causes of truck accidents which occur in West Virginia, an unsecured load is considered one of the most dangerous. Semi-trucks are designed to haul a large amount of weight. For example, 18-wheeler trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.

Despite strict safety regulations imposed by federal law, these accidents frequently occur. If the cargo is not secured properly, it can cause a truck to collide with surrounding motor vehicles or the cargo will spill all over the road and potentially cause a multitude of accidents. These type of accidents can leave people with expensive medical bills, temporary or permanent loss of income, and an enormous amount of pain and suffering.

Cargo Securement Regulation Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes an array of cargo securement rules for truck drivers and truck companies to abide by. These regulations were established due to extensive testing and research in order to determine which kind of fastenings are the most appropriate to secure different types of cargo loads.

The common types of cargo fastenings include:

  • Chains
  • Cordage
  • Steel strapping
  • Webbing
  • Wire rope

Trusted & Experienced Legal Team in West Virginia

Our West Virginia truck accident attorneys at Berthold Law Firm, LLC, has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. With nearly 70 years of combined experience, our personal injury firm is prepared to help our clients navigate the complexities of the legal system in order to obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries due to a truck’s cargo spilling all over the road and causing your unfortunate accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for legal representation in your case.

Call (304) 605-2040 today for an initial free consultation.

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