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Unsecured or Excessive Loads

For a variety of different reasons, every day in the US there are commercial truck accidents. The causes for the truck accidents range from driver fatigue, inattentiveness, inclement weather, blown out tires, faulty equipment, and failed breaks to unsecured or excessive loads. If a commercial truck is carrying an unsecured or excessive load, it is at a higher risk of causing an accident. Typical unsecured or excessive load accident scenarios might involve a load flying out the back of a trailer truck's doors, cargo falling off a flatbed trailer, or the shifting of cargo to the point where the imbalance causes the truck of actually rolling over. Even though all commercial trucks must comply with federal regulations regarding the weight restrictions of a particular truck’s load and the proper method of securing the to the vehicle, inevitably mistakes are made resulting a an accident.

Accidents caused by Truck Loads

If a commercial truck’s load is not properly secured it can fall offand strike other vehicles, creating havoc on the roadways and serioussituations that can lead to injury and even death. Unsecured load accidentsoccur because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • Poor Truck Maintenance: uncared forparts can fall off or break off during a trip, striking other vehicles.
  • Unbalanced loads: all trucks should have theirloads balanced on the truck so that the weight distribution is fair throughoutthe truck.
  • Uncovered loads: Any truck carrying items in thebed of a truck should be covered so that the items do not fly out and land onthe road.
  • Missing latches
  • Unsecured trailer doors
  • Missing ties
  • Failure to perform pre-trip examinations of the load and if it is secured prperly.


The liability in truck accidents can fall upon the truck driver, thetrucking company, the parties that loaded the truck, the company thatmanufactured the security ties, or the company that manufactured the doors onthe truck. The attorney of the plaintiff in such a case must prove that the defendanthad a duty of reasonable care towards other motorists and that that duty wasbreached, ultimately causing the accident, which resulted in injuries and cardamage.

Injuries and Compensation

Injuries from truck accidents involving unsecuredloads may include concussions, broken bones, fractures, severed limbs, burns,comas, head trauma, and other injuries. Victims can seek compensation for pain andsuffering, loss of wages, medical bills, hospital bills, legal fees, courtfees, funeral costs and much more.

Obtaining Legal Help

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a commercial truckunsecured loads accident, contact the law offices of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P immediately for expert legaladvice regarding your case. We have not only acident specialists who will acquire all of the evidence needed to prove that the negligence of the reponsible parties involved caused the accident, bt also the truck accident attorneys who will vigorously represent you, making sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. If you need help with a Truck Accident claim, consult an experienced trucking accident attorney from the law offices of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P. by calling TOLL FREE: 800 - 773 - 6770 OR by filling out the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page.
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