When I was 16-years old, I just got my driver’s license and was taking one of my first trips to the Jersey shore when a tire flew off the back of a truck into my vehicle causing me to lose control of the vehicle and go off the side of the road. Although the accident was not my fault and I narrowly escaped injury, this freak accident I later learned was not so uncommon.
The experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyers of The Beasley Reiff Law Group have successfully handled many cases caused by falling cargo, debris and unsecured materials that was not properly fastened to trucks and trailers. A person injured in a car or truck accident caused by unsecured debris, cargo, and falling objects/loads has a right to be compensated for their injuries not only by the person who drops the debris on the highway, but may also have a right under the underinsured or uninsured motorist provision of their own insurance policy.
Last year in another unsecured cargo case, a 44,000 lb. steel coil came lose and bounced off a trailer crushing vehicles in its path, killing three people, and catastrophically injuring a young girl. It seems that many large trucks travel down highways with loads improperly secured.
Consumer advocate Ron Melancon on his website www.dangeroustrailers.org states that this situation has reached epidemic proportions and claims that government authorities do not pay enough attention to this growing problem.
In another situation that was described as a “freak accident”, a prominent rock star was killed on September 3, 2010 when an unsecured bale of hay rolled off a tractor trailer into the path of a van he was driving. As a result, the driver of the van swerved and hit another vehicle causing catastrophic injuries and death.
I am sure that many individuals have been traveling down a highway at a high rate of speed in the winter season when a snow or ice missile flies off a car or truck that was not properly cleaned after a snow storm. Last February after a major snow storm in Philadelphia, I was traveling on I-76 when a large sheet of compacted hard ice flew off a semi-tractor trailer striking my windshield with such force that it caused me to lose control of my vehicle. I skidded off the road into the shoulder and thankfully escaped serious injury but suffered extensive damage to the vehicle.
If the owner or operator of a vehicle fails to make reasonable efforts to remove snow or ice or has loosely secured cargo, they can be held civilly and criminally responsible for resulting catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths. The experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at The Beasley Reiff Law Group have successfully handled many truck and car accident fatality cases caused by unsecured cargo, debris, and objects falling from trucks and trailers. Since1958, our skilled lawyers have been awarded over $2 billion dollars on behalf of victims and their families. As always, we offer a free confidential, no obligation consultation. Please contact us online at www.beasleyreifflawgroup.com or toll free at 1-800-588-0130.