Trucks and other commercial vehicles provide a vital service across California and beyond. Many of the products that we take for granted may not be in our hands without truck drivers.
Nonetheless, trucks can pose a threat to other road users, especially if unsafe practices are used. Unsecured cargo presents a significant risk not only to other drivers but to the person operating the truck. Outlined below are some key reasons why unsecured cargo is so dangerous.
Drivers rely on their vision
Visibility is key for anyone operating a vehicle. Being able to see everything around you, including potential hazards is pivotal in preventing road traffic collisions. Unsecured cargo could obstruct a driver’s view through their windshields and mirrors, which makes an accident much more likely. At the same time, other motorists often rely on being able to see a truck driver for their own safety. Unsecured cargo could make this impossible, meaning that drivers are unable to tell if they are in a truck driver’s blind spot or not.
Objects can become detached
If a piece of cargo becomes completely unattached from a truck, it turns into road debris that can become deadly within seconds. Debris can force a driver to swerve to avoid it, leading to the possibility that they completely lose control. Additionally, if they are unable to avoid the debris, they may strike it directly, causing a devastating crash.
It is in the best interests of both truck drivers and other drivers for cargo loads to be fully secured. If you have suffered injuries in a collision, it may be in your best interests to explore your legal options.