An amusing truck accident that occurred outside of the United States highlights a particular, but important, part of truck safety. The accident we are talking about today happened in London, and it involved a truck that was carrying a vast quantity of milk cartons. Social media users quickly captured plenty of images of all the milk that spilled across the road. This led to plenty of jokes online, but the real matter involved here is quite serious.

As we’ve talked about before, there are many different ways that a truck accident can occur. But the accident we’re talking about today occupies a very important space in this discussion. The cargo of a truck can play a pivotal role in an accident.

Consider first that when the cargo spills off a truck bed, even if it was loaded properly, it can cause an accident on its own. Falling debris and heavy equipment could severely damage another vehicle or cause a chain reaction crash.

But in many cases where cargo is involved in a truck accident, it was improperly loaded or placed on the truck bed in an imbalanced fashion. This can lead to questions of liability regarding the truck driver (who may have overseen the loading of the cargo) or the truck company itself.

If a truck’s cargo is involved in a truck accident, the victims of that accident need to consider all of their legal options.

Source: TIME, “Dairy Truck Accident Serves As a Reminder to Us All About Spilled Milk,” Cady Lang, March 16, 2018