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Cargo Liability for Truck Accidents

Attorney David I. Fuchs

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Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Jul. 28, 2014

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News

Big rigs and other large trucks pose a threat to other drivers on the highway, especially when they are traveling at high speeds or under unsafe conditions. A truck could easily crush a smaller vehicle in a collision, and the wide, long body can make visibility difficult for even the most experienced truck driver. But another risk that drivers face is the cargo carried by the truck, personal injury attorneys in Florida report. 

Last month, a big-rig overturned on 1-95 in Delaware, and released almost 20 million bees into the local area. The truck had been transporting the bees from Florida to Maine to help with the blueberry production in Maine at the time of the accident. According to reports from the state, the truck was carrying about 460 beehives, and it has been estimated that between 16 and 20 million bees swarmed across the highway, and into the surrounding areas. It took more than 12 hours for clean-up crews to gain control of the crash site and clean up the bees. Responders wearing protective suits sprayed foam over the spilled hives and the areas where the bees had flown. But even with the first implementation of the state’s “honeybee swarm removal plan” that had been developed in 1995, the threat to drivers on the interstate continued well into the month of June. 

Although the crew was able to remove and contain most of the bees and hives, some bees did get loose. In the days following the crash, drivers on the interstate were warned to keep their windows closed, and to avoid pulling over or stopping to get out of the car in the affected areas, lest they get stung by the stray bees. The driver of the truck and his two passengers were stung several times, by anywhere from 50 to 100 bees, according to the police report. All three were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment. Authorities cited the driver of the tractor-trailer for unsafe shifting of the cargo, but would not specify how the beehives were improperly loaded or transported. 

Any truck accident that results in an injury or fatality is open for lawsuits from the victims, personal injury attorneys in Florida say. There have been no reports of any injuries, bee stings, or car accidents caused by the honeybee swarm so far, but if there had been, both the truck driver and the company that employed him could be held responsible for negligence when there is an accident that is caused by improper cargo loading or unsafe driving practices. 

If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in an accident involving a truck, big rig, or other large cargo vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party, especially for medical expenses, lost wages, long-term care or surgery needs that were incurred as a result of the accident. Contact a personal injury attorney at the Florida-based Law Offices of David I Fuchs today for a free, no-strings consultation about your case.