For those involved in trucking management, loose cargo can be a big deal. When there is spilled cargo on a roadway, there are boundless financial implications for trucking companies as well as the possibility of costly legal liabilities.
Loose cargo on the roadways is usually a concern for flatbed trucks. However, van trailers can experiences this issue also. Because of the loose cargo risk, a trucking company must carry liability insurance to the tune of at least $1 million. Lawyers are well aware of this legal requirement, so anytime there is a trucking accident lawsuits against the trucking company are common.
The issues of loose cargo has resulted in a new specialization in the legal field. If you do a Google search using the words “loose cargo,” you are likely to see a long list of attorneys ready and willing to represent those who have been involved in accidents with an errant freight. One lawyer in Texas has gone so far as to bill himself as the accident attorney for flatbed trailer trucks. Can you imagine the title on his business card?