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A truck-car crash, shifting cargo and responsible parties

| Nov 23, 2020

An accident case involving a big rig and a passenger vehicle is usually more complex than a case involving the drivers in a two-car collision.

Truck-car crashes occur for various reasons including shifting cargo. The complexity arises in determining fault since multiple parties may be liable for a victim’s injuries.

Off-balance issues

If a big rig is overloaded, or if the cargo was not loaded properly, there is a danger that some items could shift. This causes the truck to be off-balance, which will affect its performance. The driver may not be able to control the vehicle well. Stopping distances will be longer and braking will require greater pressure. With overloaded cargo, the possibility of a catastrophic rollover increases.

Liability exposure

The investigation into the cause of a truck-car crash may turn up various kinds of evidence. Advocates for an injured victim may use professional help from accident reconstructionists in the task of determining how the accident happened and who was at fault. It is not uncommon for multiple parties to share liability. These might include the truck driver, the company that owns the truck and the company or individual responsible for loading the cargo.

Accident aftermath

Because of its sheer size and weight, a large truck can cause devastating injuries in a crash involving a smaller vehicle. For example, a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury can require lifelong treatment and great expense. However, the victim may be able to seek financial relief from multiple parties. Full and fair compensation may include coverage for current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.