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Texas truck accident: Unsecure cargo a public safety issue

Semi trucks and other haulers can frequently be found on roads across Texas. With economic improvement, the demand for consumer goods is high, which has had a positive impact on the trucking industry. Unfortunately, this increase in commercial haulers has also created a number of public safety concerns. Falling cargo leading to a truck accident is one of them.

As with most businesses, trucking companies must abide by numerous rules and regulations. These guidelines have been created to protect company owners, their staff and the public. Trucking company owners who fail to ensure all aspects of their businesses are in compliance with federal regulations open themselves up to significant legal issues should an accident occur.

While all trucking guidelines have been enacted for good reasons, cargo securement and weight restrictions are particularly important. When looking at a commercial hauler, it is easy to see and understand the importance of securing cargo properly and not exceeding weight restrictions. Numerous people could get hurt -- or worse -- should cargo fall onto the roadway, or if a truck tips over or crashes due to too much weight. Currently, federal regulations require the use of approved tie downs which are to be attached to appropriate anchor points. The number of ties needed is based on cargo weight.

The risks of accidents happening increases if weight restriction and cargo securement regulations are ignored. A Texas resident who has been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident in which the neglect of federal guidelines may be a contributing factor retains the right to pursue legal action against the truck driver and his or her employer. Compensation for any losses sustained may be awarded if negligence can be successfully established in civil court.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "Cargo Securement Rules", Accessed on May 9, 2015

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