Failure to Properly Secure Cargo on a Truck Results in Catastrophic Injuries and Significant Eight Figure Jury Verdict
A 41-year-old female driver was operating her vehicle on a state highway when a 10 lb. corner iron securing raisin crates on a tractor trailer came loose. The corner iron struck the windshield of another driver’s vehicle, hitting her in the head and causing her to suffer a traumatic brain injury and seizure disorder which prevented her from driving. According to news sources, medical expenses amounted to $178,900.00 and the victim, a teacher, was forced to retire and apply for disability benefits. The defendant was sued with the allegation that they failed to properly secure the corner iron and the jury awarded $12.23 million dollars after hearing the facts of the case.
Each year, the negligent operators of trucks seriously injure or kill thousands of pedestrians, drivers, and motorists. Unsecured truck loads continue to pose hazards for innocent drivers who are often wrongfully killed or catastrophically injured as a result of the unsecured or improperly secured cargo. I am sure that many of my readers have observed trucks and other vehicles improperly loaded with cargo traveling down highways at high rates of speed. It is reported that over 50,000 truck accidents occur every year due to unsecured cargo and often trucks are hauling hazardous materials or flammable materials which are not properly secured and result in horrific consequences if an accident or malfunction occurs.