Improperly secured loads can cause havoc if the load we are talking about is something like logs or steel beams.
Although the victims in these kinds of crashes are often other drivers, truckers have also been killed or seriously injured by their own loads. I was horrified to read a report last month from Indiana in which a truck driver lost his life when steel beams came loose and crashed through the cab of his truck after he had slammed on the brakes.
The incident took place on US 20 in Indiana, just west of I-69, reported Wane.com.
The deceased driver was later identified as Shawn H. Spencer, 44, of Rome, Pennsylvania. He was the only occupant of the truck. He was reported to be traveling west on the interstate when the accident happened. It’s not clear why he stopped abruptly.
My thoughts are with the family of this trucker. Those who drive trucks are often the victims of big rig crashes. If a truck is improperly loaded, the family of a deceased truck driver has grounds to file a lawsuit against a trucking company or a loading company. A hazardous cargo such as steel beams should not come lose in the event of a sudden stop.
Dangerous Loads Lead to Lawsuits
The truck was owned by a trucking company in Arnot, PA. It had a maximum load weight of 80,000 pounds. The media report stated that the Angola Police Department closed westbound US 20 for about five hours while crews cleaned up the scene.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has represented the victims of trucking accidents as far afield as Oklahoma. We are experienced in trucking accidents that cross state lines and have also represented truckers who have been injured in crashes and the families of deceased truckers in wrongful death claims.
The trucking industry is regulated by strict federal rules and yet, time and time again, we see these rules flouted whether they relate to loading or driver fatigue. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is the author of The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. Call us for representation at (866) 455-6657 and see this page about multi-state wrecks.