Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold
Call For A Free Consultation
859-353-0878 | 800-494-9916
Menu Contact

Secure compensation after cargo-related truck accidents

Kentucky residents are used to seeing semitrailers on their roadways. Many monstrous machines travel these interstates, country roads and city streets in order to deliver goods in state and across the country. Unfortunately, as you are likely aware, accidents often result from sharing the road with these vehicles.

Truck accidents happen for a number of reasons. One reason not commonly discussed, though, involves cargo securement issues.

Why it matters

Before transport, one must appropriately secure goods to a trailer bed or inside a cargo hold. Failing to do this will not only result in the damaging of goods, but it can cause items to shift, leading to truck balance issues or causing materials to spill onto the roadway.

Why does this matter?

The federal government, actually. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict standards when it comes to the trucking industry. Why? To keep truckers and the general public safe from harm.

What do regulations say about securing cargo?

The FMCSA requires two simple things when it comes to cargo securement. First is that the appropriate ties are to be used in order to keep cargo from shifting. Second is that cargo is not to exceed a truck's weight limit. Not utilizing the right number of ties, failing to attach them to approved anchor points and overloading a truck can all lead to a truck accident.

If I have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a cargo-related accident, what can I do?

It is unfortunate that, despite federal regulations, accidents that result from cargo securement issues happen. When they do, the results can be disastrous. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer crash, you may, under the right circumstances, seek compensation for your losses. In order for a civil claim against a commercial driver and/or his or her employer to be successful, there is a need to establish that one or the other was negligent in his or her actions, resulting in the crash -- which is not necessarily simple.

Get help

The damages that follow truck accidents can be physically, financially and emotionally scarring. An experienced attorney can help you seek damages by first reviewing your case and, if appropriate, filing and litigating any applicable claims in a Kentucky civil court.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Flexible Appointments And Meeting Locations

We offer flexible appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition to regular business hours, our attorneys are able to meet with injured clients, who are unable to travel, on nights and weekends, as well as at off-site locations such as your home, office or hospital.

Call Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold at 859-353-0878 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also send us an email. Flexible appointments available.

Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold

225 West Irvine Street
Richmond, KY 40475

Toll Free: 800-494-9916
Phone: 859-353-0878
Fax: 859-623-6406
Richmond Law Office Map

P.O. Box 157
Richmond, KY 40476