18-Wheeler Flips Over and Spills Sand on US 59
Written by Greg on September 18, 2018
A tractor trailer carrying a large load of sand flipped over in an accident on US-59. The accident occurred on the feeder road to southbound US-59 near Grand Parkway. The accident caused a partial road closure and snarled traffic in the area for hours. Luckily, the main lanes of were not affected as crews spent hours cleaning up the debris.
Dangers of Big Rig Loads
Big rigs often carry large and heavy loads. When they get into an accident, they could lose their cargo. Fortunately, the sand harmed no other vehicles. However, many similar accidents result in injuries and damages to other drivers and vehicles. To keep everyone safe on the roads, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has established size and weight limits for trucks that travel on Texas roadways. The width, height, length and weight are all regulated.
When considering the weight of a big rig, the measurement is made using the weight of the vehicle plus the weight of the load carried. The maximum weight of a regular commercial 18-wheeler with a load is 80,000 pounds. An overweight permit may be available. Vehicles over the size and weight restrictions must travel on specific routes.
Cargo Securement Rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA, under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has rules in place for safe cargo securement. Truck drivers must follow the rules when they tie down or secure any load they carry. Some cargo are more dangerous than others, and some are more difficult to manage.
Sand is difficult to contain if it becomes unsecured. Generally, sand and other similar substances must be transported in a vehicle specifically designed for their transport. Here, the truck was specifically for carrying sand and gravel. The driver lost control of the rig and the trailer overturned.
This often happens, especially in areas where there are turns in the road or when a driver has to change lanes quickly. Had another vehicle been close to the truck it could easily have been caught up in the accident.
Truck accidents are all too common an occurrence in Texas. Truck accidents are often caused by human error, as it appears was the case. An accident investigation or reenactment may to be performed to determine the exact cause of a truck wreck. In accidents where others are hurt, it is important to find the cause of the crash so the negligent party can be held responsible.
If you were the victim of injuries because you were hit by an 18-wheeler you may be entitled to compensation.
It is best to talk to a truck accident lawyer ASAP who will investigate the case and negotiate and settle with the insurance company to obtain money to cover your injuries and lost wages and pain and suffering.
Call our experienced truck accident lawyers at the Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case consultation. 281-587-1111.