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Oklahoma Unsecured Cargo Accident Attorneys

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Martin Jean & Jackson can help you explore your legal options after you were hurt in a truck accident caused by unsecured cargo. Finding out who is liable for your injuries and what your claim is worth can be difficult. With us on your side, though, none of the stress of the situation will land on your shoulders. We’re here to carry your case to the best possible conclusion, whether it be a carefully negotiated settlement or a hard-fought court award.

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Dangers of Unsecured Cargo

Cargo needs to be secured on or in a truck according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. When those regulations are not met, other motorists on the road could be put in serious danger. The main risk is that unsecured cargo can fall out of a trailer or off the back of a flatbed and into traffic behind the truck. Even drivers who are paying close attention to the road around them could be caught by surprise when a loose piece of cargo flies towards and into their vehicle, possibly causing severe injuries.

Another danger of improperly loaded cargo is that it can cause a trailer to become top-heavy. A top-heavy trailer can cause the entire truck to tip onto its side when turning or when struck by a sudden gust of wind. Jackknifing can also become more likely if a truck is poorly loaded.

Who is to Blame for Unsecured Cargo Accidents?

The parties that might be liable for your unsecured cargo accident are:

  • Load crew: Most truck drivers are instructed to not help when cargo is loaded or unloaded. Instead, third-party load crews often handle all loading and unloading processes, which means those same load crews and their employers could be liable for an unsecured cargo accident.
  • Truck driver: The truck driver could be partially or completely liable for an unsecured cargo accident, depending on how it happened. For example, if the trucker was speeding, hit a bump in the road, and that bump caused loose cargo to fly out of the trailer, then the trucker could be liable.
  • Trucking company: The legal rule of respondeat superior can make employers liable for the harm caused by their employees. If the trucker who caused the accident was an employee, not an independent contractor, then it might be possible to name their employer as a defendant as well.

We’re Standing by to Help Locals in Need

After you’re in a truck accident caused by unsecured cargo, get medical attention as soon as possible. When you’ve been seen by a doctor and have a moment, pick up the phone and dial to connect with the Oklahoma unsecured cargo accident attorneys of Martin Jean & Jackson. Using our 100+ years of combined experience with truck accident cases, we can confidently take charge in your case, too.

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