Accident on Interstate 95 in New Haven Caused by Shifting Load
We all are familiar with commercial vehicles and other trucks that drive down the road. While we cannot always see what is inside of these vehicles we are often certain that they contain some cargo and are on their way to or back from a delivery. However, a very common injury for truck drivers and for other vehicles alike is when the load inside of these trailers shifts.
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Shifting Loads in Trucks lead to an Accident
According to the Connecticut State Police, an accident on part of Interstate 95 south was shut down for over an hour last week after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on the city line between New Haven and West Haven was reported.
The Department of Transportation cameras showed that the crash appeared to happen near Exit 44. The cameras show the tractor-trailer slowing down when its load shifted and broke free. The tractor’s load eventually struck the trailer’s cab. Fortunately, there were only minor injuries reported.
The driver was cited for operating an improperly loaded vehicle and traveling too fast for road conditions. This accident highlights the importance of properly loading a tractor-trailer.
In fact, shipping companies and truck drivers are required to load their vehicles safely and properly. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a truck driver is required to check their cargo and load during the pre-trip inspection and also after they have traveled over 25 miles. The reasoning behind this is that a driver should be certain that their cargo is properly loaded and that after it has been loaded it does not immediately shift once they start driving.
However, despite these regulations truckers and other drivers are injured quite regularly due to shifting cargo. One of the biggest reasons for cargo to shift in a tractor-trailer is when the vehicle is making a turn. When cargo shifts during a turn, it can cause the truck to tip over. This can obviously cause an injury to the driver, but it can also cause injuries to other drivers who may be close to the truck at the time it flips over. Uncovered trailers are particularly susceptible to shifting loads and when the load shifts it can cause not only the vehicle to tip over but also the contents of the vehicle to fall into the road.
Who is to Blame for a Load-Shifting Accident?
When there has been an accident because of a load-shifting accident it is not always clear who is to blame. While every accident with a tractor-trailer will require a thorough and intensive investigation, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Some of the people that could potentially be responsible for a load shifting accident include:
- Negligent truck drivers – as noted above, drivers are required to inspect their vehicles before they begin driving. If a driver did not complete a pre-trip inspection, and their load was not properly loaded.
- Negligent trucking companies – Often the trucking company hires people to load the cargo onto the truck. However, in an effort to cut time, they may not train workers properly, or may not load cargo onto the vehicle properly.
- Shipping companies – The companies who put the materials into the truck can also be held accountable for improperly loading a vehicle.
- Owners of trailers – Many truck drivers own and operate their own vehicles, which can mean that they can be held liable if their own cargo was not loaded properly. Alternatively, some companies rent out the trailers that are behind the trucks themselves.
As this accident on Interstate 95 points out, a tractor-trailer load can become insecure and cause an accident. Fortunately, in this case, there were no reported injuries, however, injuries are not uncommon.
Injured because of a Shifting Load?
If you have been injured because of load shifting in a tractor-trailer, then do not hesitate to contact us today. The lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm have extensive experience working with and representing truck accident victims. Contact The Reiff Law today to see how we can make our experience and expertise work for you. You only pay if we win and there’s a financial recovery. Call (215)709-6940 or email us.