If a truck’s cargo came loose and led to your collision, a Biloxi improperly loaded cargo lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm might be able to represent you. Our team can build a case to recover compensation for the injuries you suffered due to negligence. Often, this type of accident involves a large commercial vehicle, and injuries may be severe.
A team member from our Gulfport office can review your Biloxi, Mississippi, traffic accident today to determine if you have a valid case. If so, our firm can file your insurance claim or civil lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages and hold the liable party accountable. Call (228) 357-9621 now to get started.
Shifting Cargo Can Lead to Major Accidents and Injuries
Some improperly loaded cargo accidents occur when a driver loses their load from the back of a truck or the roof of a car. Most, however, involve tractor-trailer trucks, dump trucks, or other commercial vehicles.
When cargo shifts in transit, it can cause the driver hauling the load to lose control of the vehicle, the trailer to turn over, or the truck to lose its load. Any of these situations can put others in nearby vehicles in danger. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations about securing and inspecting loads and hauling heavy cargo.
These rules are to ensure that truckers, distributors, and others involved in the loading of the vehicle distribute the cargo properly, tie it down, and take the required steps to secure the load. However, when a load shifts or spills, the consequences can be dire.
If you suffered injuries in this type of accident, you can pursue a payout based on the accident and your injuries. In most cases, the trucking company that employs the truck driver will be vicariously liable for your damages, although other companies could be at fault in some cases.
If the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport accepts your truck accident case, assigning liability will be one of the first orders of business after we begin investigating the events of your accident. To learn if we can help with your case, call (228) 357-9621 today.
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Morris Bart Knows How to Build a Truck Accident Case
When a Biloxi improperly loaded cargo lawyer from our firm represents you in your case, we can determine who is responsible for your damages. If the trucking company is liable, we will develop a solid case to show vicarious liability.
Vicarious liability stems from a legal concept called respondeat superior. Under this doctrine, an employer is accountable for their employee’s negligence during their work-related activities, such as loading and securing cargo on a truck.
Proving this type of case may require us to gather and analyze a wide range of evidence, some of which may be in the trucking company’s hands. To ensure they do not discard or destroy this evidence, we will send a spoliation letter and demand the protection of the following:
- Records regarding the cargo, including weight, distribution, and tie-downs
- Data from the truck’s onboard computer
- Maintenance and cargo inspection logs
- Information about the driver, including post-accident drug and alcohol test results
- Any additional information about the truck, trailer, and load
We may also work with experts to understand what happened and how the driver or other parties could have prevented the accident. We may seek testimony from the following:
- Accident reconstruction experts
- Medical experts who can further explain your injuries and prognosis
- Trucking industry experts
- Experts related to the type of cargo involved
Our firm will fund the investigation into your accident, pay for experts, and cover other upfront costs associated with your case. We never ask our personal injury clients to pay anything upfront. Instead, we receive our fees from the financial recovery we secure for you. If we do not reach a settlement or win a court award, we will not request payment on your case.
To learn about how the Morris Bart law firm might be able to help you with your case, call today. Including our Gulfport office, we have 15 offices in total to provide services in all of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Securing Damages in a Biloxi Improperly Loaded Cargo Truck Accident
There are two ways we can generally recover compensation for the damages our clients suffered in this type of accident:
- Reach a settlement with the insurance company without going to court
- File a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to trial, winning a verdict and award
The vast majority of cases do not need to go to trial. Instead, we negotiate a fair settlement based on the value we put on your case, including damages such as:
- Both current and future medical expenses
- Both current and future lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair and replacement of any property, including your vehicle
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
If we need to go to court, Mississippi gives most accident victims only three years to file the initial paperwork under Mississippi Code §15-1-49.
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Talk to a Team Member About Your Truck Accident Case Today
A Biloxi improperly loaded cargo lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can take action on your behalf if you qualify. Discuss your case with our team today to learn about your rights, options, and possible outcomes based on your accident case’s facts.
You can speak with a team member from the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office by calling (228) 357-9621 today. We provide case consultations and accident reviews to Biloxi motor vehicle accident victims.
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