On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Semitrucks carry heavy loads across the country. In some cases, cargo is large or bulky. Regardless of the type of cargo that a semitruck is hauling, it must be properly secured. This effort may be handled by a loading company or by a trucker.

There are many unsafe situations that can occur when cargo isn’t secured properly. When a crash occurs because of an improperly secured load, concerns about the securement process may come into question.

Load securement is regulated

Federal regulations dictate how loads must be secured. Any cargo that’s being hauled on a semitruck rig has to meet at least the minimal securement baselines as required by law. In some cases, loading companies or truckers will use supplemental securement protocols to better ensure that cargo won’t shift while it’s being transported.

Loose loads can cause a trucker to lose control

Loads that are loosely secured or don’t have at least the minimal number of securement points can shift while they’re being transported. Because of the weight of the cargo, shifting may cause a semitruck to become uncontrollable. A trailer that’s swaying because of shifting cargo can be incredibly difficult for a trucker to correct, and this is a risk for vehicles in the lanes near that semitruck because they may be struck by the trailer.

Cargo that comes off the truck is a serious hazard

Cargo that’s not properly secured may fall off a semitruck. It may land in the roadway and become a hazard for drivers. In some cases, it may strike a vehicle. Both of those situations can result in a catastrophic crash.

Anyone who’s injured in a crash caused by improperly secured cargo may need medical care, which can be costly. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim against liable parties to help cover the costs associated with their injuries. State law sets strict time limits for these cases, so swift action is generally wise.