Flatbed trucks are entirely flat with no sides or roof. This allows for the quick and easy loading of non-perishable goods that rain will not harm. Flatbed truck accidents typically involve a situation where the driver was inattentive and hit a stopped car, ran a red light or a stop sign. Other causes of flatbed accidents occur when the load is improperly secured on top of the truck bed. The improperly loaded pipes, boxes, or other material breaks free and can wipe out a motorist following behind the flatbed truck or bounce into the opposite lanes of traffic.
The law requires professional truck drivers to check their load frequently and at specified intervals. We have taken many depositions where the drivers were improperly trained by the company and had no clue they were required to inspect their loads. Frequently we find that the driver will say they made these inspections when a careful analysis of their log books, which the driver has certified is true and accurate (and is supposed to record every time the truck stops), has no mention of the driver checking his load at the required intervals.
If you have been injured in a flatbed truck accident or a load shift accident, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Morgan Adams. The truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Morgan Adams know to look for the root cause of the collision and do not simply blame the driver for what, in many cases, is actually the negligence of the trucking company.
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