What are the rules regarding tiedowns for cargo securement?
May 13, 2015
When most people think of a truck accident, they likely think of a semi-truck crashing into another vehicle. However, that is not the only way that an accident can occur that involves a commercial vehicle. Another common cause of accidents involves trucks that lose their loads or part of their loads. In an effort to decrease this type of accident, regulations now require:
— Each tiedown must be secured and attached so that it does not loosen, unfasten, release or open when the truck is in transit.
— If the trailer has rub rails, then the tiedowns need to be used on the inside of those rub rails whenever possible.
— If a tiedown is used where it might be subjected to cutting or abrasion from rubbing against the cargo, edge protection is required.
— Unmarked tiedowns may be used; however, they need “to have a working loadlimit equal to the lowest rating for that type in the table of working load limits.”
There are many accidents caused by cargo that is not properly secured. These accidents often involve serious injuries or death. The driver, the loaders, the driver’s employer and others could all be held accountable for injuries and deaths that occur as a result of cargo falling off.
These types of cases can be quite complicated, too, as locating all the people and/or companies liable for the tiedowns or cargo can be difficult. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information about who might be held liable in such accidents and how to go about pursuing compensation.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Cargo Securement Rules,” accessed May. 13, 2015