Often, when we talk about truck accidents, we approach them through the context of a large 18-wheeler or tractor trailer colliding with another vehicle or person. These types of accidents certainly do happen, and they are arguably the most common types of truck accidents, but they are not the only accidents that can happen as a result of negligence and large trucks. Depending on the cargo that a truck is transporting, accidents can happen without one vehicle striking another.
Not all 18-wheelers carry large tankers or cargo. Some large trucks transport loose material that is tied down, such as timber or large equipment and machines. If these loads are not properly tied down or are imbalanced in the way that they are tied, they could cause a truck driver to swerve uncontrollably or drift in their lane. In certain cases, the cargo may loosen, causing logs to litter the road and impact other drivers.
Instances like these are rarely the truck driver’s fault. Truck drivers are sometimes not even around when cargo is tied to their vehicles, nor are they aware that the cargo may be improperly tied down. As a result, they could be driving along the road, obeying all of the rules and driving perfectly safely, and their cargo could still come loose and cause a serious accident.
If the truck driver was not at fault, you can still file a claim for compensation if you are injured. If you were not at fault in an accident, you can likely be compensated at someone else’s expense, the company that employs the truck driver, for example. If you have been injured because of a truck accident in Massachusetts, visit our webpage to learn more about how truck circumstances can make driving more dangerous and how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.