Truck Accident Lawyers for Accidents Caused by Lost, Unsecure, or Falling Cargo
Although the size and weight of 18-wheeler trucks make them potentially deadly when involved in an accident, one of the most dangerous things about tractor-trailer trucks is the cargo they are carrying. In fact, some of the most deadly accidents involve logging trucks or tractor-trailers carrying heavy equipment. When a semi truck's goods or merchandise becomes loose and falls off of the trailer, any motor vehicle in the path of those falling items could be involved in a severe, multi-vehicle crash. Those motorists involved in such an accident could sustain severe, life-threatening impalement injuries if the objects strike a motor vehicle's windshield. Motorists could sustain burns and other severe injuries if flammable, hazardous, or toxic materials leak or fall from the truck transporting these materials.
One of the difficulties of litigating truck accident injury or death claims is proving negligence. This is why accident victims or families of the victims should speak with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. Trucking accident investigators with the at-fault truck driver's insurance company will likely begin preparing a defense against the victims. Therefore, engaging an experienced truck accident lawyer will help begin the process of understanding your legal rights and protecting those legal rights from aggressive insurance defense attorneys.
Common Injuries Caused By Falling Cargo from Semi-Tractor-Trailer Trucks
Cargo falling from a moving truck can cause severe injuries to motorists and pedestrians. The injuries sustained in falling cargo accidents will vary depending on the nature of the accident and the type of cargo that has struck the victim. For example:
- A commercial truck transporting heavy objects (such as building materials, stone, boxes, lumber, or heavy machinery) who lose their load could cause crushing injuries to individuals following the truck in a motor vehicle or to pedestrians who are close to the accident. Crushing injuries include bone fractures, head injuries, spine injuries. These injuries could also be fatal. In some severe crushing injuries, the arm or leg cannot be saved and must be amputated. Crushing injuries to the arms or legs usually require the amputation of that particular limb.
- Trucks transporting rebar, metal pipes, or tubes can cause impalement injuries or deaths to motorists following the truck when the materials become loose or if the victim rear-ends the truck. These impalement injuries can penetrate skin and muscle, causing bone fractures, punctured organs, severe blood loss, and death. The injury could be lethal when the victim's torso or head has been pierced. Non-life-threatening piercing injuries usually require surgical treatment to remove the foreign object and to stop blood loss.
- Caustic chemicals and other harmful materials can spill on the road or spray pedestrians close to the accident. These dangerous chemicals might cause chemical burns or damage to the eyes and lungs. Chemical burns are very painful and usually require several surgeries to repair tissue damage.
No matter what type of injury is sustained, falling cargo accident injury victims should always seek prompt medical attention. After an accident, emergency medical services should be called to the accident scene as quickly as possible. Accident injury victims should seek emergency medical treatment at the closest hospital.
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