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Multiple accidents as truck spills cargo onto highway

While the following truck accident didn't occur here in Los Angeles, California, it exemplifies why truck accident are so dangerous and why the cargo of the trucks involved in an accident can play an important role in the wreck.

The crash we are writing about occurred on U.S. Highway 36. It involved a truck that was carrying cattle. The truck rolled over and spilled its cargo onto the highway. The driver of the truck suffered moderate injuries as a result. The cattle were then involved in multiple other accidents after the truck carrying cattle crashed. One person suffered serious injuries as a result of a run-in with one of the cattle.

This example is a little extreme, since we are talking about live cargo that has spilled onto the road. In most cases, the cargo would be inanimate objects that spill onto the road. But even in those cases, the spilled cargo can cause chaotic circumstances and terrible accidents that leave people hurt.

Another aspect to consider about cargo on a truck is that the cargo can be inappropriately loaded or imbalanced on the trailer -- thus making it more likely for a crash to occur, or even directly contributing to a truck tipping over while taking a turn. If it can be established that the truck company failed to have their cargo safely loaded into the vehicle, the victims of any subsequent accident that involves the truck could have a case to make.

Source:, "Cattle truck spills cargo on U.S. 36," Greg Kozol, Oct. 7, 2016

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