Semitrailers and commercial trucks are heavier and larger than most other vehicles on the road. When these vehicles are in a crash, the result can be significant damage and injuries to occupants of smaller vehicles.
For this reason, truckers need to be careful and cautious while driving. One way they should do this is by properly loading their trailers, a simple safety standard that can go a long way toward preventing accidents and saving lives.
When a truck and trailer is properly loaded, it is much easier to control. When the cargo is not loaded the right way, a trucker is more likely to lose control, swerve into another lane or struggle to brake. It is the truckers’ responsibility to know if their trucks are not loaded properly, and trucking companies should never allow or encourage driving with incorrectly loaded trailers.
The weight of the load
One of the most critical factors in loading a truck is making sure there is proper distribution of the weight. Balancing the weight will make it easier to drive the truck and less likely the trucker will struggle to control it.
Evenly distributing the cargo will reduce strain on the towing vehicle as well. Weight should be relatively even from side to side, and it is important to pay attention to whether the load centers in the bed so that it does not move around while driving.
Securing the load
The balance of the cargo weight is essential, but it is also important to properly secure it. Even well-balanced cargo can shift when the truck is moving. This may cause damage to the cargo, but sudden shifts in the weight can cause the trailer to move suddenly. A trucker can have difficulty maintaining the lane or stopping.
The right way to secure a load depends on the type of cargo it is. Using straps is often an efficient and simple way to make sure a load does not shift and cause an accident while the truck is moving.
Victims of accidents
If you are suffering after an accident involving a large commercial truck, truck with a trailer or a semitrailer, it is possible that improperly loaded cargo is to blame for what happened to you. You may be able to seek compensation through the civil justice system.