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Lawsuit filed after truck cargo shifted, causing injuries

We often discuss the considerable damage that can be done when a commercial-sized truck crashes into other trucks, cars, pedestrians and anyone else sharing the road with them. The impact of a collision with an 80,000-pound vehicle can prove to be catastrophic for victims; people who are lucky enough to survive these accidents often suffer life-changing and severe injuries.

However, it's not just the impact of a crash with a tractor trailer that can put motorists in danger. In fact, sometimes there's no initial collision at all but people are still seriously hurt by these vehicles. This can happen when a truck's cargo spills on the road. 

Recently, MillerCoors was named in a lawsuit following a devastating accident that left a truck driver seriously hurt after the cargo in his rig shifted.

According to reports, the trucker had been dispatched to pick up a trailer that was pre-loaded with beer by MillerCoors. Because the trailer was already loaded and locked up, the trucker did not have the opportunity to check on the cargo to make sure it was intact. He connected his truck to the trailer and took off for his interstate trip.

Shortly into the trip, the cargo shifted in the trailer causing the trucker to lose control of the vehicle. It fell on its side and the driver has filed a claim against MillerCoors for damages he suffered as a result of their failure to properly load and secure cargo.

We see trucks hauling cargo all over Florida and typically do not give it a second thought. However, in the blink of an eye, that cargo can shift or spill out onto the roadway creating a serious hazard, whether it causes a truck to overturn or it creates havoc on the roadways. 

If you have been injured in an accident caused by materials spilled from a commercial truck or because of an improperly loaded truck, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. Discussing your options and eligibility for compensation with an attorney can be crucial.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Driver says rig full of beer shifted, causing injuries," Kyla Asbury, Nov. 17, 2015

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