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Falling cargo caused 346 traffic crashes in Tampa Bay

Imagine a terrible crash while on the road because someone failed to securely tie down cargo. Think of you veering over someone’s spilled load or falling debris and losing control in busy traffic. Sadly, these types of incidences happen all the time. Falling cargo on roads from vehicles poses a substantial threat to other motorists and can cause serious bodily injury or death to an individual. Trucks and heavy commercial motor vehicles typically transport huge loads such as furniture, construction equipment, garbage, and farm tractors and other motor vehicles. Any of this cargo can become deadly if improperly secured

Every year, many road accidents happen because of drivers’ failure to check their cargos periodically during the carriage. These wrecks also occur due to the use of substandard material to secure cargos. According to Florida Uniform Traffic Citation Statistics, in 2018, more than 2,000 traffic citations related to improperly secured cargo were made in Florida. More than 300 crashes resulted from those infractions in the Tampa Bay area alone. The data shows that statewide there were 23 such incidents that involved serious injury or death. Most of the accidents occurred between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the mid part of the day is considered to be the peak times for drivers to carrying goods.

Every state has its own laws that make flying loads illegal while on the road. Additionally, federal regulations dictate truckers’ driving hours, vehicle maintenance, and training on correct loading, positioning, and tie down of loads. In Florida, the law holds drivers responsible when cargo falls from vehicles. It also requires drivers to secure cargo with rope or belts. Additionally, cargo must be covered with close-fitting tarpaulin or other suitable cover. A breach is considered a noncriminal traffic infraction and punishable as a non moving violation. While violations of these laws can lead to criminal penalties, they can also help prove a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a truck accident victim.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries from falling loads or as a result of unsecured loads, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Although a negligent trucker may be found liable in these cases, a truck company may also be held responsible. Those who want to learn more about how to maximize the likelihood of succeeding on their personal injury claim should consider discussing the matter with a legal advocate of their choosing.

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