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I Got Into an Accident After My Truck Was Loaded Incorrectly. Now What?

The Law & You
April 9, 2018

The Law and You

I Got Into an Accident After My Truck Was Loaded Incorrectly. Now What?

A tractor-trailer driver had tipped his vehicle while slowly going around a corner. He believes the company had loaded the truck incorrectly. Truck accident lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli offer suggests on what he can do next.

Dave Kuharchik: Talking tonight about a tractor-trailer accident in this edition of “The Law & You.” With us tonight attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli.

Ed Ciarimboli: This is something we know a little bit about.

Greg Fellerman: What do I call you? Mr. Tractor-Trailer Accident.

Dave: You guys do a lot of work on this so let’s look at this scenario here and find out what we can do for Pete in Dunmore. Pete says, “I’m a tractor-trailer driver and it was tipped over going around a corner. I was going slow. I’m certain that they loaded it incorrectly. I am getting workers comp already. Is there anything else that I can do.” So a little different take on the tractor-trailer crash.

Ed: Pete, we’re going to tell you the same thing we tell people are in a tractor-trailer collision. You need to get to a lawyer fast. You are in the tractor and you have an employer, but there is a shipper that is who is shipping whatever the load is, and then you might have what’s called a lumper, there are all these different individuals who may have participated in putting the load into the trailer. Because you’re just picking the trailer up and then going. You don’t have a responsibility for loading or unloading. So, all these other individuals or entities have a responsibility for loading it and making sure that the load is secured properly. The only way you are going to pursue a case against any of them is finding out who they are, finding out what their level of responsibility was and then, finding out how they put this into the trailer. Because obviously, the load shifted, which caused you to tip over. That’s what you’re looking at here.

Greg: Yeah, we’ve had load shift cases where drivers get injured when they open the door, the load shifted. So that loading is very complicated. The broker/shipper, all those issues are complicated. All these trucking cases are complicated and I think you should have any questions. That’s what I tell everyone, if you have questions on tractor-trailer cases, give us a call, we can answer them.

Dave: The number and website are easy to see at the bottom of your screen. Don’t forget, results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. We’ll see you next time.

Ed: See you, Dave.

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