Trucks that are not loaded properly can pose a hazard to the person driving the vehicle as well as others sharing a Texas highway with it. A commercial vehicle that has a wide, heavy or lopsided load may be harder to control regardless of road conditions. It may also be at risk of tipping with little or no warning.
The dangers of an uncontrollable truck
If a truck is too heavy, it may be impossible to stop or slow down in a timely manner while driving on wet or icy roads. There is also a chance that it won’t be able to stop while traveling on a road that is going downhill or get up a road that has a steep incline.
The dangers of a truck that tips over
A truck that is tipped to its side will likely block traffic until it can be moved. In some cases, it will crush vehicles or cause other hazards as it falls, and there is also a possibility that anything inside of the commercial vehicle will be scattered across the highway. This could lead to secondary motor vehicle accidents as motorists try to get out of the way of the debris. There may also be a potential health emergency if chemicals or other toxic materials are allowed to leak onto the road or get into the air.
Failing to secure a load properly is generally seen as a negligent act. This is because most people would know or should know the potential risks that could arise by allowing such a hazardous condition to exist. If you’re harmed by another person’s negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Videos, photos or other evidence may be used to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.