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Safe cargo securement is focus of CVSA inspection

Motorists who share Louisiana roadways with commercial buses and trucks may be interested in knowing about the International Roadcheck inspection campaign that takes place each year. Organized by the non-profit Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the event is held to further the organization's compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives. In 2017, the inspection blitz occurred over a 72-hour span beginning on June 6.

To help drivers and fleets recognize the importance of an individual inspection area, the CVSA chooses a different category to highlight each year. This year, cargo securement, which is also included in separate Level 1 inspections, is the main point of emphasis. The association had published a flyer concerning the proper securement of loads and equipment that truckers can reference to help them prepare in advance.

Tips for avoiding violations related to cargo securement are included in the literature. The CVSA advises drivers to inspect tie-downs for damage and wear. It also tells drivers to check that all equipment and loads are safely secured in compliance with safe cargo securement regulations. Violations related to cargo securement during International Roadcheck could include a failure to prevent cargo falling out of the truck. During the 2016 event, inspectors placed 3.4 percent of the drivers and 21.5 percent of the trucks that they inspected out of service.

In spite of these efforts, semi truck accidents are unfortunately all too common, and they often result in occupants of other vehicles being critically injured. If the accident is due to the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company, an injured victim might want to have a lawyer's help in seeking compensation from the at-fault party for medical bills and other losses that have been sustained.

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