Recently, our Chicago truck accident lawyers read a report on KAJ18.com detailing a semi truck driver who received a citation due to his failure to properly secure his cargo. The driver was hauling a cargo of logs along an interstate highway when he began to make turn – causing his trailer to become disbanded. The logs struck an oncoming vehicle but fortunately no one was injured in the accident. Local authorities believe that a blot holding the metal frame to keep the logs intact was clipped off as the truck was turning, causing the logs to come loose. The driver was issued a citation for failure to secure the load of logs while driving a commercial vehicle.
Proper securement of cargo is one of the most important regulations a semi truck driver is required to follow. As of 2002, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that motor carriers operating in interstate commerce must comply with the following rules:
– Articles must be prevented from shifting on or within, or falling from commercial motor vehicles – Increase the use of tie downs or cargo securement devices other than those currently in use – All vehicle structures, systems, parts and components used to secure cargo must be in proper working order when used to perform that function with no damaged or weakened components that could adversely affect the truck’s performance.
– All rules are applicable to trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds
Our experience Illinois truck accident attorneys have handled a variety of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving semi trucks. Given the sheer size and weight of large commercial vehicles, any accidents in which they are involved in are almost always particularly devastating. Victims of semi truck accidents often sustain serious harm including: broken bones, loss of limbs, as well as, injuries to the brain and spinal cord. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, it is important to seek experienced accident attorneys to help.
Since 1992, our accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to provide qualified legal representation to those who have been victims of careless and negligent driving accidents. Our attorneys ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. We hold truck drivers, as well as, their companies liable for their failure to safety operate large commercial vehicles. Victims of these accidents may be able to seek compensation for various damages including: loss of wages, pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.