Semitrucks carry large and heavy loads across the country. It’s crucial that these loads are secured properly or they can pose a hazard to everyone on the roads, as well as the trucker.
Loads that aren’t properly secured can come off the truck. They can also cause the truck to shift, which can cause the trucker to lose control of the rig. Both of these situations can lead to people suffering catastrophic injuries.
What causes improperly secured loads?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets standards for load securement on big rigs. These must be followed precisely because they’re proven to help keep loads on the trailer or truck. Anyone who’s loading a semitruck should know these regulations and follow them.
In some cases, improper load securement is caused by a lack of training. The people who are loading the cargo may not know these regulations, so they won’t be able to follow them. Truckers should also check the cargo securement to ensure that everything is set up properly. They should correct any defects.
The entities that are named as defendants in these cases can vary. The trucker, the company that loaded the cargo, and the trucking company are a few that might be named if improperly secured cargo is the cause of a wreck.
Anyone who’s injured in a crash that was the result of improper load securement should ensure they get the medical care they need. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation that can help them to recover the expenses related to the wreck. The time you have to do this in Texas is limited so be sure to act swiftly.