Overloaded Trucks & Unsecured Cargo
Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have a max weight of 80,000 pounds (load
plus vehicle weight), although truckers can petition for an oversize or
overweight permit with their state’s Department of Transportation.
Not only are there weight requirements on loads carried, but federal regulations
also dictate how that load can be secured. Federal Motor Carrier Safety
cargo securement rules state that each tiedown be attached and secured in a manner that prevents
it from becoming loose, opening, unfastening, or otherwise releasing while
vehicle is in transit. FMCSA regulations also require that cargo securement
systems be able to sustain various deceleration and acceleration forces
in varying directions without compromising the position of the cargo.
Any of these rules, when disregarded, can cause or contribute to serious
semi truck accidents. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident
with a large truck, we invite you to contact us to investigate your case.
We can evaluate your situation to determine if overloading or unsecured
cargo may have contributed to your accident. If so, we could hold the
driver or trucking company responsible for negligence.
At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our
Nashville truck accident attorneys have helped injured clients secure millions. We are seasoned trial attorneys
who know the right way to handle your case. Our attorneys have over 100
years of combined experience—much of it spent trying cases successfully.
Call (615) 933-2893 today for a free case consultation. Kinnard, Clayton
& Beveridge is here to secure justice for you and your loved ones.
The Danger of Unsecured Loads
In 2012, a government study found that there were 51,000 road incidents
in 2010 involving unsecured loads. In 20% of those incidents, other drivers
suffered injuries as a result of the debris—that’s over 10,000
injuries. Tragically, 500 people were killed due to unsecured objects.
According to the Department of Transportation, a 20-pound object moving
at 55 mph can strike with a 1,000-pound impact. Truckers are expected
to not only be aware of their loads, but to fasten them down in a way
that is safe for everyone on the road. This might include using dunnage
or dunnage bags, which are used to fill the space between cargo in truck
trailers, or tiedowns, which are used to keep cargo unmoved during acceleration
How Our Firm Can Help
When your injuries have left you less able to provide for yourself, or
medical bills are overwhelming you, you do not have to deal with it alone.
Our firm has tried hundreds of cases, recovering millions for our clients
in record-breaking verdicts and jury awards. We provide our clients with
the resources, justice, and closure they need to move forward with their lives.
If you need an advocate to stand up to the people that caused damages to
you and your family, we can help.
Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation today.