Truck Accidents: Load Shifting
There are various reasons why truck wrecks happen, but one hazardous reason in particular is a load that shifts weight. This is when the truck's load of materials unexpectedly shifts, resulting in the weight of the entire vehicle to shift and the trucker to lose control of the truck. A load that shifts weight should not be taken by lightly by truckers. Whether they are driving an 18-wheeler, big rig, tractor-trailer, or a large truck with a trailer attached, truckers need to be extremely careful in order to avoid causing injuries to themselves or others on the highway.
In certain situations, shipping businesses will provide loaded trailers that are taken by trucking businesses that only provide the trucker and cab. Under these circumstances, the shippers are liable for ensuring loads are secured originally at the point of loading. Trucking businesses, in addition to the drivers, can be found guilty of negligence and liable for these accidents when they do not ensure their truckers are adequately trained and supervised in their duties.