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Cargo securement issues can factor into trucking accidents, trucker liability

A recent truck accident involving a Wisconsin-based trucking company is a reminder how cargo issues can play a part in truck accidents. The accident, which occurred out in Wyoming, involved a trucker who had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel. When his vehicle veered off the road, the truck landed on its passenger side and toppled numerous beehives full of honey bees which were placed in the truck’s flatbed trailer.

Fortunately, neither the trucker nor anybody else was hurt in the accident, though those who assisted the trucker did take some stings. According to reports, the honey bees are estimated to have been swarming hundreds of feet in every direction from the truck after the crash. Things could have turned out differently if other vehicles were nearby or if the agitated bees were released in a crowded area. Certain individuals, of course, are severely—even fatally—reactive to bee stings. 

Cargo issues can and do come into play in truck accident cases from time to time. In some cases, cargo issues are the result of a truck accident, as in the above crash. In other cases, negligence with respect to cargo safety can become the cause of a truck accident. Though readers may not have considered it, truckers and their employers are bound by federal and state rules governing the securement of cargo and cargo weight limits. When truckers fail to abide by these rules, they can make their vehicles more prone to accidents and unsafe to operate.

In our next post, we’ll take a look at some of the basics of these federal rules and how an experienced personal injury attorney can help hold negligent truckers and their employers accountable for their failure to follow federal safety rules in this area.

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