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Who is liable if my accident was caused by the spilled contents of a commercial truck (unsecured load)?

 

A: Trucking companies or the company that was hired to load the contents of a commercial truck can be held liable if you are injured by debris that has spilled from a truck with an unsecured load.

When a truck is overloaded or if the load itself is unbalanced or unsecured, the contents that truck is carrying can come loose and pose a serious hazard to fellow motorists, especially on busy highways.

When you are forced to dodge debris and other items that fly off of a truck, your risk for an accident significantly increases.
The potential for damage to your vehicle increases, as well.

If the truck's contents are dangerous, such as with hazardous waste materials or even gasoline, the spilled contents can cause life-threatening or life-altering injuries if they come into direct contact with you or ignite in the course of the accident.

Tying down the contents of a truck may not always be sufficient to prevent a truck accident because the load may shift while the truck is in motion. This can cause the truck to tip over and fall upon another vehicle, especially if the truck's center of gravity is affected. These kinds of truck accidents could be fatal. 

Companies that load trucks for transport are well aware of the safety regulations in place for properly securing loads to avoid spillage and shifting load/balance issues during transport. If a trucking company or other responsible entity ignored these rules and a truck's spilled contents or unsecured load resulted in your accident, they may be held liable for your injuries and other damage.

Your Philadelphia truck accident lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury claim if you or a loved has been injured by a truck's unsecured load. 

Help After a Philadelphia Truck Accident

Trucking companies are required to abide by certain safety standards, especially when transporting volatile or hazardous materials. When there is a failure to meet those standards because of negligence, legal consequences can and should result.

If you have been severely injured in a Philadelphia truck accident, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation on your case - 877-944-8396.


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