Checking how well cargo is secured is just one part of a commercial truck inspection. However, so that its importance is highlighted, cargo securement will be the focus of the International Roadcheck inspection spree that will take place in Louisiana and the rest of the country in early June 2017.
During the annual event, which is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspectors will be mainly conducting North American Standard level I inspections. These inspections are considered to be the most thorough inspections and entail the assessment of both the truck and the driver.
The CVSA has issued a flyer that provides cargo securement advice for drivers and fleets to use before the event begins. According to the organization, it is necessary to verify that the load and all equipment are secured properly. The tie-downs that are used to secure the cargo should be examined for signs of damage and wear.Drivers and fleets that are not in compliance with the CVSA requirements for cargo securement can be cited for violations. They can be cited for failing to prevent the loss or shifting of cargo, damaged tie-downs, loose tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs and the failure to secure truck equipment.
There are a variety of reasons why a truck accident can injure occupants of other vehicles. While some of the most common are truck driver fatigue, a truck driver who is distracted by a cellphone or one who is impaired by alcohol or drugs, improper securement of its cargo can be just as dangerous. A person who has been injured in such an accident may want to meet with an attorney to determine how best to seek compensation for the losses that have been incurred.