Federal Law Gives Guidance As To How Specific Cargo Should Be Safely Secured.Cargo securement regulations apply to all types of vehicles including enclosed van trailers.
Improperly secured cargo creates two serious dangers to the traveling public. First, if a load is unsecured it could fall off or spill onto a roadway causing an accident or perhaps crushing a neighboring vehicle. Second, improperly secured cargo can shift causing trucks to lose control and crash.
Where cargo has come loose an inspection should be conducted to determine whether the loads were properly secured under federal law. There are detailed requirements as to the number and strength of tie downs that must be used to secured cargo by weight or length. Even if a load was secured that does not equate to the load being properly secured under applicable federal regulations. Each tie down has a working load limit and careful calculations must be conducted to determine whether the working load limits of the tie downs are enough for the load being transported.
The crushing impact of a car accident is not just physical it is also emotional and financial. Many people instantly go from a person that everyone depended on to a person that must depend on others. The disruption often begins with the need for immediate medical treatment. After being rushed to the hospital you soon realize that the emergency room team is really only concerned about unstable or life threatening injuries. They take action for the person with internal bleeding in the brain but not for the person with a concussion. They fix broken bones but will send you home with back pain. After the hospital visit you have little guidance other than to follow up with a doctor that you have never heard of or your family doctor who probably does not routinely treat the injured.
The next day you realize that you are unable to work, unable to care for your family and you no longer have a car. Medical bills are coming, your monthly bills are waiting and you are unable to work and no longer have a car to drive to work. The insurance company for the person that struck you is calling to request a recorded statement while often offering encouraging words. Why does the insurance company need a recorded statement when the accident is clearly their driver’s fault?