When Unsecured Loads Cause Truck Accidents
The loads that commercial trucks transport have to be secured according to federal trucking regulations1 to prevent them from dangerously shifting en route. When commercial cargo is not properly secured and truck accidents happen, victims can hold truckers and/or trucking companies accountable for the harm and damage they have caused.
At the Law Office of Pius Joseph, our Pasadena attorneys have extensive experience advocating the rights of truck accident victims. Committed to providing effective legal advocacy and compassionate, personalized legal services, our lawyers have the skills, resources and insight truck accident victims can rely on when they are ready to exhaust all available legal remedies to obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
General Cargo Securement Rule for Commercial Vehicles
The rules for cargo securement for commercial trucks are extensive and detailed. In fact, while these regulations explain the types and number of securement devices that should be used, they also include rules specific to different types of cargo – like logs, automobiles and even large crates or containers.
The general rule for cargo securement, however, underscores the main reason that these regulations are in place: namely, to prevent the movement of cargo. Specifically, the general rule for cargo securement is as follows:1
Cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by structures of adequate strength, dunnage (loose materials used to support and protect cargo) or dunnage bags (inflatable bags intended to fill space between articles of cargo or between cargo and the wall of the vehicle), shoring bars, tiedowns or a combination of these.
Dangers of Unsecured Loads
When cargo securement regulations are violated, there will usually be a greater likelihood of:
- Rollover truck accidents, which can occur when shifting cargo changes or elevates trucks’ center of balance
- Jackknife truck accidents, which can take place when hitches have not been properly secured to cabs or driving compartments
- Runaway trailer accidents, which tend to occur when shifting loads gain their own momentum and overtake cabs
- Other types of collisions.
Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
If you have been hurt in a truck accident that may have resulted from an improperly secured load, contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph to find out more about your options for financial recovery.
Since 1990, our lawyers have been going the extra mile for clients, working tirelessly to protect their rights, advance their interests and help obtain the full amount of compensation to which they may be entitled.
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1: FMCSA Cargo Securement Regulations