On Minnesota roads, it is easy to spot tractor-trailers. While an increase in the amount of these vehicles shows economic stability and even improvement, it also presents a threat to public safety. Truck accidents are all too common, and many of them have serious, if not fatal, consequences. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in such an incident, you may have legal recourse.
There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. One of them has to do with cargo securement.
Why does cargo securement matter?
If one does not secure goods appropriately before transport, they may shift during travel. This can cause a truck to have balance issues, or it can cause cargo to fall from a semitrailer. Either of these problems can result in a truck accident.
Federal regulations in place to help prevent this issue
The federal government heavily regulates trucking companies. Strict rules and guidelines regarding cargo securement are in place for the purpose of protecting company owners, their employees and the public. Failing to follow federal safety guidelines can result in the responsible party facing legal actions.
Securementregulations say what?
The weight of cargo and how secure items are on a tractor-trailer does matter. If overloading occurs, or a truck does not contain secured items, the results can be disastrous. So, what do federal regulations say about cargo securement? Current rules state that:
- Use of approved tie-downs is a must
- Ties can only attach to approved anchor points
- Cargo weight will determine the number of ties required
- Cargo weight is not to exceed a truck's allowed limit
Can I seek damages?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a semitrailer, you may have the right to seek damages for your losses. In order to do so, one must establish negligence against the truck driver and/or his or her employer in order to successfully litigate a claim. This can be a challenging task, but with help, it may be possible.
Get help with your case
The losses typically associated with truck accidents can be quite severe. An experienced attorney can help you take the steps necessary as you seek compensation for any and all damages that are recoverable according to the laws of the state.