Containerized Cargo Accidents
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When cargo needs to be transported on several modes of transportation without the handling the cargo itself, shipping companies will often use containerized transportation. This method limits cargo handling which in turn improves freight security, delivery time and reduces the odds of the freight being damaged.
After World War II, container transportation became a popular shipping method. During this time, standards for containers were defined to increase productivity, efficiency and international trade. These reusable steel containers are known as intermodal containers. Shippers can transport a variety of cargo with these containers. Within the trucking industry, intermodal containers are also referred to by the names listed below:
- ISO container
- Freight container
- Conex box
- Hi-cube container
- Shipping containers
These terms are interchangeable; they are often used in respect to a specific good that is being transported.
Unfortunately, vehicles that are transporting intermodal containers are often involved in accidents. Containerized cargo accidents will often lead to massive property damage and critical injuries.
If you or a loved one was involved in a containerized cargo accident, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact Phillips Law Group today to explore your legal options.
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Regulations for Containerized Trucking
The United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, oversees freight management across the country. The agency provides the trucking companies with guidelines regarding container transportation and freight trucks.
Even though the shipping industry is regulated by the FHWA, vehicles that are carrying intermodal containers are frequently involved in collisions. These containers are meant to be stacked loaded, unloaded and transported as efficiently as possible. Trucking companies will disregard the federal regulations in order to save time or money.
If you or a family member was injured in a containerized cargo accident, its important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. In the state of Arizona, there is a statute of limitations for filing a truck accident lawsuit. If you contact an attorney immediately after an accident, the attorney will be able to retrieve vital evidence before it disappears. Also, this will allow the attorney enough time to investigate whether the trucking company violated federal regulations. If a truck driver or the shipping company disregarded regulations, they may be held liable for the crash.
Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit
In 2010, commercial trucks were involved in 276,000 vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents left 80,000 people with injuries. If you or your loved one was involved in a truck accident that was caused by container transportation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and property damage.
At Phillips Law Group, our legal team has successfully handled all types of truck accident cases. Our lawyers have helped numerous clients receive maximum compensation for their losses.
To find out if youre eligible to file a legal claim, fill out the contact form on the right.
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