For every semi-truck that takes to the road, there’s a team of cargo packers working to ensure that the distribution of weight within the truck’s trailer won’t compromise the truck’s stability. Cargo packers are an essential part of a truck driver’s team, but they don’t always do their jobs as well as they should.
Truck drivers can readily lose control of a truck with unsecured cargo. If you get into an accident with a truck that boasts unsecured cargo, you can take legal action against both the truck’s driver and the liable cargo team. BDIW Law’s truck accident lawyers in Ponca City, OK, can guide you through the process of filing a civil complaint with a local judge.
Unsecured Cargo Can Cause Serious Roadway Accidents
Cargo packers are part and parcel of a truck driver’s operating team. Without cargo packers, a truck driver wouldn’t be able to deliver goods from Point A to Point B.
The process of loading cargo doesn’t only see loaders fill a trailer willy-nilly, though. Cargo packers have to be diligent when packing a trailer, or else the distribution of weight may make the truck more difficult to maneuver. A driver who can’t compensate for a poorly-loaded trailer, or a trailer full of unsecured cargo, can cause dangerous roadway accidents.
That said, identifying an unsecured cargo accident isn’t always a straightforward process, particularly if you didn’t know such accidents existed. That’s why it’s important for Ponca City accident survivors to work with unsecured cargo accident attorneys after a dangerous collision. We can call on accident recreationists to better classify the nature of your crash.
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Holding the Right Parties Liable for Your Unsecured Cargo Accident
If you want to take legal action after an unsecured cargo accident, you can file a personal injury claim against the party who violated the duty of care they owed you. Your personal injury complaint should specifically identify this party while also presenting evidence of the negligence – in this case, the unsecured cargo – that contributed to your accident.
The parties that can be responsible for an unsecured cargo accident include a truck’s loading team. However, fault for these accidents can often be split between said loading team, the truck driver, and other negligent parties on the road. When in doubt, follow the evidence, and you may more readily identify the party you want to name responsible for your losses in your complaint.
You can also elaborate on the cost of your recovery in your personal injury claim. When you let a judge know how much recovering from someone else’s negligence has and will cost you, you can more effectively argue for the damages that you deserve.
How to Address Corporate Parties in a Personal Injury Complaint
The nature of an unsecured cargo accident is such that you may find yourself either holding individuals or an entire company liable for your losses. If the nature of employees’ contracts sees you bringing your complaint up against an institution, don’t panic. Our team knows how to address corporations in both settlement negotiations and civil court.
Specifically, you must bring forward evidence indicating that while individuals may be responsible for the inappropriate distribution of cargo in a truck’s bed, their contracts deem that the corporation must contend with your losses. A Ponca City unsecured cargo accident attorney can go over the language in an employee’s contract to help make this point.
In many cases, corporations may recognize that you have the right to hold them accountable for unsecured cargo accidents. In turn, they may reach out to you with settlement offers before you can contact a personal injury attorney. Know that you’re not obligated to accept an unsecured cargo accident settlement without consulting an attorney, no matter what a corporation says.
When to Call an Unsecured Cargo Accident Lawyer
Unsecured cargo accidents can be difficult to navigate, particularly if you’re not certain that unsecured cargo caused your accident in the first place. When you factor in the complexities of contract law and the demands of a civil court, pursuing a claim for unsecured cargo accident damages can seem impossibly complicated.
This doesn’t have to be the case. What’s more, you don’t have to sacrifice your right to both legal action and accident damages because the road to justice seems riddled with obstacles. You can turn to an experienced attorney instead. BDIW Law can specifically pair you with an attorney who can make your quest for damages all the more manageable.
Ponca City unsecured cargo accident lawyers can specifically help you:
- Understand why your accident took place
- Identify who to hold liable for your losses
- Calculate the value of your unsecured cargo accident cases
- Present your claim to a civil court within Oklahoma’s statute of limitations
- Communicate with bystanders and expert witnesses
- Negotiate for a settlement out of court
- Prepare your opening statement for trial
- Respond to a defense attorney’s examination
You can discuss the full breadth of our legal services during a no-obligation case consultation. Above all else, rest easy knowing that our team wants to prioritize your opportunities to recover as well as your right to civil justice.
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When to Submit an Unsecured Cargo Accident Complaint
You have two years from the day of your unsecured cargo accident to report said accident via civil complaint. Oklahoma outlines this personal injury statute of limitations in O.S. §12-95. While you don’t have to report your accident straight away, it’s in your best interest to get your complaint in as soon as you’re able.
You’re likely to have an easier time compiling your unsecured cargo accident complaint with an attorney. We can work with your schedule to investigate your losses, estimate your case’s value, and keep an eye on your deadlines.
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We Help You Recover from Unsecured Cargo Accidents
If you don’t know how unsecured cargo can impact your safety on the road, you may be reluctant to pursue civil action against a truck driver or related party who caused your accident. That’s where our team steps in. You can bring your concerns regarding your losses to an unsecured cargo accident attorney in Ponca City.
BDIW Law offers you new perspectives on the accidents that force you to contend with dramatic life changes. You can schedule a consultation with our team by calling our office or reaching out to our attorneys through our online contact form.
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