Each day commercial drivers take to the road and travel hundreds of miles to pick-up and deliver various forms of cargo. Although most drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with these large trucks most motorists dont expect to be involved in a collision with one. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) more than 273,000 accidents involving these types of trucks were reported in 2011.
Furthermore, in Knox County more than 600 heavy truck accidents were reported in 2008. Overall in 2007 more than 120 large truck accidents involving trucks transporting hazardous material were recorded of which 17 involved the release of the hazardous material.
There are many reasons why a trucks cargo may fall out or off while in transport, including incorrectly secured cargo. When a trucks contents spill it can be dangerous and depending on the cargo being carried even deadly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident involving poorly secured cargo, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.
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Causes of Unsecured Cargo
The FMCSA has developed specific policies to ensure that cargo being carried is secured safely and properly. The federal regulations cover how cargo should be stacked, tied down, loaded and balanced to ensure the utmost safety when a driver is on the road. Although we often think of freight trucks that are sealed, livestock trucks and logging trucks for example, are open.
Some causes of unsecured cargo may include:
- Cargo not tied-down
- Poor cargo balance
- Improper cargo loading
- Failure to check cargo
- Faulty securing equipment
According to the FMCSAs roadside inspection data, in 2013, there were more than 8,000 recorded cases of failure to prevent cargo shifting and an additional 6,000 cases of falling cargo. Failing to properly maintain the vehicles cargo securing equipment can also lead to freight shifting or falling out of the truck.
FMCSA Cargo Policy
In general the FMCSAs cargo securement policy states that cargo must be firmly secured on or within the vehicle with the use of tie-downs, bars, or dunnage which prevents cargo from chaffing, dampening, or rolling around.
A number of specific types of items being transported have specialty guidelines that must be followed, these types of cargo include:
- Metal Coils
- Paper Rolls
- Concrete Pipes
- Heavy Equipment & Machinery
- Large Boulders
The types of restraints being used and number of tie-downs available is also under regulation by the FMCSA.
Contact our Knoxville Attorneys Today
It is estimated that in 2011 more than 253 million large trucks were registered throughout the United States with more than 5.7 million commercial motor vehicle drivers registered. If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident caused by poorly secured cargo, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, and more.
With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, the Knoxville, TN personal injury lawyers at Greg Coleman Law are ready to help you and your loved ones fight for the justice they deserve. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel and help guide you through the entire litigation process to ensure you receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you are eligible for under Tennessee law.
Our main office is located in Knoxville, Tennessee but we are proud to represent clients in the following areas:
- Fountain City
..and many more surrounding neighborhoods. To find out how we may be able to help you with your claim, contact us at (865) 247-0080.
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