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Cargo securement regulations seek to ensure safety

Just about any Tennessean who drives frequently has seen trucks hauling cargo that seemed a little too big for the vehicle itself or cargo that looked a little too insecure to be on the road. There are regulations that seek to ensure that cargo is properly secured, but the fact of the matter is that far too often truckers and those hauling materials fail to abide by these rules, either out of ignorance, an attempt to save time or sheer lack of care.

But what are some standard rules related to the securement of cargo? One regulation pertains to the number of tiedowns that must be used depending on the size of the load. For example, if the cargo is less than five feet long and weighs less than 1,100 pounds, then one tiedown must be used. But if the cargo is longer than five feet or weighs more than 1,100 pounds, then two tiedowns are required. If the cargo is longer than 10 feet, then additional tiedowns are required.

Simple regulations like these may seem unimportant. However, they can be critical in the case of an accident caused by cargo that is improperly secured. This means that if something falls off a truck and strikes an individual's vehicle causing harm, then the failure to abide by those regulations could strengthen a victim's case for compensation.

There are many regulations applicable to truck safety. Therefore, those who have been hurt in a truck accident may want to seek help in determining if any of them apply to their case and discuss how it could help or hinder their personal injury claim.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Cargo Securement Rules," accessed on Oct. 16, 2015

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