Trucking Accidents

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 Administration (FMCSA) 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 and deceleration.

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.

Why Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

Verdicts & Settlements

Our dedication to our clients and our determination to seek justice have lead our firm to record-setting victories. Learn more about some of our most notable cases.

See Our Past Victories
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    Bette Donathan was in an automobile accident. An error in her surgical preparation left her paralyzed from the waist down.

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    Cory Wade, 17, suffered multiple injuries from a car wreck. Several different doctors attempted to remove and insert his trach tube, which eventually led to his severe disability.

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    Woman went into the hospital for a tubal ligation. Several medical errors caused the patient to aspirate her own vomit and suffer a brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen.

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To schedule a detailed consultation with one of our Nashville personal injury lawyers about medical malpractice, a catastrophic accident, or wrongful death, contact our office today. Let us put our team of respected legal professionals, independent investigators, and medical experts to work on your case immediately.

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