When commercial truck drivers fail to secure loads, innocent motorists can pay with their lives. Unsecured loads can cause cargo to shift within trailers or fly off of truck beds. Cargo shifts can cause rollover accidents and improperly fastened loads can cause large pieces of debris to become deadly missiles on our roadways. Unfortunately, unsecured load accidents are often fatal.
A study conducted by the Government Accountability Office discovered that unsecured loads caused 440 deaths and 10,000 injuries in 2010. Many of these accidents involved commercial trucks. Debris can either fly into vehicles driving behind trucks or become dormant on roads, posing a danger to passing drivers. When motorists are hit by flying debris, the destruction can be devastating. According to the Department of Transportation, an objected travelling at 55 mph and weighing 20 pounds can hit with the impact force of a half-ton!
Federal Rules Exist to Prevent Unsecured Load Accidents
Due to the dangers caused by these types of accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations in place to prevent deaths caused by unsecured loads.
According to the FMCSA, loads must be properly tied down. FMCSA rules require cargo to be ‘completely immobilized’ and secured. This may require tiedowns, depending on the weight and height of the pieces of cargo. Cargo must be tied down in a way that prevents it from becoming loose.
When commercial carriers and truckers fail to abide by these regulations and innocent people are hurt, it is possible they could be held liable for damages. Unsecured load accidents are notorious for causing severe property damage and fatalities. There is no excuse for FMCSA regulations on securing loads to be ignored.
The Louisiana truck accident attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat will hold negligent commercial carriers and truckers accountable for causing accidents.