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Why must truck cargo be properly secured?

It is not a common sight, but it is possible that some readers of this Texas legal blog have seen the following event occur. While driving down the freeway, they spot a big rig ahead of them. But instead of traveling straight down its lane, the big rig is swerving from side to side, threatening to cross the lane markers and to crash into other vehicles. It may look like the truck's driver is drunk or asleep at the wheel, but in fact the rig may be suffering from a serious safety issue: improperly secured cargo.

When cargo shifts inside of a large truck it can throw off the weight and balance of the entire vehicle. As it moves the cargo placed on the trailer and attached cab can cause unwanted and dangerous movements. As a result, a truck driver may lose control of their rig and the resulting accident may have devastating consequences for them and their victims.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published extensive rules on how trucks and other commercial vehicles may secure and store cargo. These rules detail how many tiedowns trucks must use to keep cargo from sliding and how much movement of cargo may be permissible within the compartment of a truck's hold. The rules are in place to keep individuals safe and to prevent dangerous truck and commercial vehicle accidents.

An accident caused by a truck with unsecured or improperly secured cargo may serve as the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit for victims. Not all attorneys are prepared to advocate for truck accident victims and therefore it can be important for individuals to find legal representatives that they trust to guide them through their truck accident litigation.

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