Yearly, there are thousands of accidents nationwide that involve 18-wheeler or similar sized trucks colliding with a smaller vehicle such as a passenger car. Due to the nature of these accidents, car drivers are in much more danger than the driver of the large truck. Because of this, negligent truck driving can put other drivers sharing the road in grave danger. Trucks that weigh up to 40 tons easily overmatch passenger vehicles on the road, and can lead to catastrophic accidents which leave the other party severely or in some cases fatally injured.
As established by the Code of Federal Regulations, truck drivers are expected to have any loads being carried safely secured to the vehicle, ensuring no harm to drivers in the vicinity of the truck. This requires the driver to inspect the cargo being carried before and during the trip, to make sure nothing falls onto the road, creating a safety hazard future drivers will now have to avoid. They are also required to check the security of the load they are carrying to ensure no damages is done to cars within the same area as the truck carrying the goods, such as items falling onto another car which can lead to more problems down the line. If a truck driver fails to do these things they may be held responsible by those they negatively affect due to their negligence in the form of a personal injury settlement.
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