At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, our Houston truck accident lawyers know there are multiple ways 18-wheelers can be involved in traffic collisions throughout Texas. Whether it is a negligent truck driver who causes the crash, or the lack of maintenance to the potentially 80,000-pound vehicle that leads to an accident, when large commercial vehicles are part of the equation, people are going to suffer catastrophic injuries — or worse, lose their lives.
What most accident victims do not consider is that there may be a third party who is liable for a large commercial vehicle accident — including those who load the truck before it leaves the warehouse and departs for its destination.
Our Harris County personal injury lawyers can help you and your family determine who was liable for your truck accident with injuries, or the loss of your loved one.
Here’s what you need to know about pursuing a potentially liable third party.
Third-Party Loaders May be Liable for Unsecured or Overloaded Cargo Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry. The FMCSA outlines clear regulations regarding the loading, stacking, balancing, and securing of freight for 18-wheelers.
One of the most common ways 18-wheeler accidents, injuries, and fatalities occur is after the truck driver hits the road, when the loaders fail to secure the truck’s cargo or overload the commercial vehicle beyond its maximum weight.
No matter how skilled the truck driver is, traveling with unsecured or overloaded cargo can cause the trailer can become unstable during stops or turns without notice. This can easily lead to the trailer jackknifing or becoming separated from the cab of the truck causing a serious collision.
It is important to note that even with all the proper guidelines in place by the FMCSA, careless, reckless, and negligent truck drivers or designated cargo loaders can take shortcuts that lead to unsecured or overloaded truck accidents across the country.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an accident caused by an 18-wheeler’s unsecured or overloaded capacity, contact our experienced semi-truck accident attorneys in Houston today for help investigating the crash.
Allow us to review your truck accident circumstances, injuries, or family member fatalities, so we can begin collecting valuable evidence, conducting interviews, and reconstructing how your collision occurred, so we can pursue the best financial outcome for your unique needs.
Contact Our Experienced Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas For Help Today
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life to negligence in Texas, contact our dedicated Houston personal injury lawyers at the Hollingsworth Law Firm today by calling 713-637-4560 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout the state of Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.