While the following truck accident will seem funny and comical at first, the issue underlying that humor is a critical issue that many truck accident victims — and just your average person out on the road — should be worried about.
A truck accident in Okaloosa County, Florida led to 60,000 pounds of beer cans being spilled onto a local freeway. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries in the accident, and thankfully no one else was injured in the crash. All told, given the weight of the truck involved and the cargo that spilled, it is a minor miracle that the damage and harm was so minimal.
There are plenty of jokes to make about such a vast amount of beer spilling onto the road, but the real point here is the danger posed by a truck’s cargo out on the road. In this particular case, the truck driver swerved and was reckless while driving, and he was cited for such driving behavior. That led to the truck toppling over.
But in some cases, the cargo is improperly loaded in the first place, and even a skilled driver or a driver that is operating in a safe and reasonable manner could close control of the vehicle due to the lop-sided cargo in back.
Cargo can cause an accident in this manner, and it can also cause an accident when it spills too. Dangerous substances could harm people, or heavy objects could collide with other vehicles. The point is this: cargo is a very important factor in many truck accidents, and the victims of such a wreck need to consider their rights and interests in the wake of such a crash.
Source: WGN 9, “Truck spills 60,000 pounds of Busch beer onto Florida interstate,” March 7, 2018