Have you ever been on the road behind a truck with a visible load that doesn’t seem to be all that secure? Maybe it was a commercial vehicle that was piled to the brim with safety straps that barely seemed adequate for the job. Maybe it was a regular pickup truck and the owner seemed determined to make one trip hauling their load suffice for what should have been two.
Either way, you probably got away from that vehicle as fast as you could — and that was wise. Even though California law requires drivers to obey weight limits on loads and have them properly secured, that doesn’t always happen.
The dangers of an improperly secured load can be serious. They include things like:
- Shifts in the load: This can cause a truck to suddenly tip over or jackknife, leading to wrecks.
- Striking another vehicle: If a load extends past the bed of the truck, a driver can end up hitting another vehicle when turning or switching lanes.
- Obstructed views: If a load is too big for the truck, the driver’s mirrors may be inadequate to tell them when they have clearance, which can also lead to wrecks.
- Lost loads and flying objects: Something could easily fly loose off the top of a mish-mash of objects piled into a truck. Worse, the whole load could come loose and land in your way or on your vehicle.
- Problems stopping: A load that’s over the weight limit can make it harder for a driver to stop in a normal way, which can lead to rear-end collisions with other vehicles.
If you were involved in a wreck with a truck with an improperly secured load, you may have extensive injuries and financial losses. To best protect your interests and your family’s future, speak with an experienced advocate before you talk to the insurance company.