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Any cargo a truck carries can be dangerous

Truck accidents are fairly common, given the large number of big trucks on the road today and how many miles they have to travel to get to their destinations. Because there are so many trucks, and because things can go wrong, trucks sometimes tip and spill the load they are carrying.

In a few cases, what got spilled was just downright weird. That includes chicken steroids in Brazoria County, Texas, live pigs in Dayton, Ohio, along with beer and french fries in two separate Texas accidents and a load of porta-potties in Lake Samish, Washington. While the spills may be amusing, the cause of them usually isn't. And they can, and often do, result in a lot of damage.

What makes a truck tip over?

Loading a truck might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Improper loads are among the most common reasons for truck accidents. Why? These loads can shift when a truck driver turns a corner or even when they have to swerve in traffic to avoid an accident.

Whether the load moves or the truck is just top-heavy, having one tip over on a busy road can make a big mess. It can also take lives and cause very serious injuries, both of which are things that people want to avoid. Unfortunately, companies can get in a hurry when they are loading their trucks, and that means they don't pay enough attention to how that truck is being loaded.

Putting too much weight at the front or back of the truck, not securing the load properly or putting the majority of the weight up high in the trailer instead of down near the floor can all make a truck vulnerable to tipping over.

In some cases, drivers can make a dangerous situation a real problem. These drivers may take an off-ramp for the interstate too quickly, make a tight turn on a rural road or try to avoid another car or truck in such a way that makes the vehicle start to tip. Once the tipping starts, the odds of stopping it are very low, and it is almost always going to tip right on over.

Have you been injured by a tipped truck?

The bad news is that these accidents happen frequently, particularly in states like Texas. The good news is that victims injured in these accidents are entitled to seek help. Yes, compensation is the goal, but the real help comes from speaking to an attorney immediately.

The truth is that sorting out the details and gathering evidence (no matter how weird) are vital steps early in the insurance process.

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