From June 6-8, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting commercial truck safety inspections as part of its International Roadcheck inspection blitz in West Virginia and around the country. For this year's inspections, the CVSA will focus on the importance of cargo securement. This is a regular part of Level I inspections, but the CVSA wants to emphasize how it important it is.
A tip sheet is available online from the CVSA that offers reminders to drivers on securing equipment safely and making sure cargo is secure. It also advises checking tie-downs that may be worn or damaged.
North American Standard Level I inspections are the most thorough, and the inspections in June will primarily be of this type. Possible violations related to cargo securement may include loose or insufficient tie-downs, a failure to prevent the loss or shifting of cargo, or failing to secure equipment.
This lack of securement could lead to an accident or make one worse. Cargo may be hazardous materials or might create obstacles on the road in an accident. Although there are a number of federal trucking regulations designed to make commercial truck driving safer, accidents may still be caused by driver fatigue, a distracted driver, or a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When an accident is the fault of the driver, occupants of other vehicles who have been injured as a result may want to meet with an attorney to see how best to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other applicable damages.