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Truck drivers are responsible for ensuring their cargo is secure

When driving on the highways in and around Houston, you will at some point find yourself in proximity to big-rig trucks. In fact, the truck traffic is such that it's easy to find yourself surrounded by these super-sized vehicles. Of course, your first concern will likely be avoiding a collision, but there are other potential hazards to watch out for when driving near trucks.

Trucks haul cargo, and that cargo must be properly secured. Any cargo that shifts and falls onto the road could cause a serious accident. As such, truck drivers have a duty of care to make sure that their loads are properly tied down and that all equipment on board is safely stowed. The following items are part of a driver's pre-trip securement checklist:

  • Check all securement devices to make sure they are in good shape and are being used within the confines of their capabilities.
  • Check that all cargo is distributed properly and secured according to the established standards.
  • Check to see if there is anything that could interfere with the ability to operate the truck or to react to an emergency situation.
  • Check that all loose equipment is properly stored and secured.

In addition, once out on the road, the driver should do periodic checks. If necessary, the driver should make proper adjustments to securement equipment or the cargo itself. Care and vigilance are important when it comes to load securement. It is all too easy for cargo to fall out from the back of a trailer and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

If you or someone you love has been injured by improperly secured truck cargo, a Texas personal injury attorney may be able to help you receive compensation. It is possible that it may not only be the truck driver who is liable, but also the trucking company or even the company that owned and loaded the trailer in question. An attorney can investigate the accident and help you hold the responsible parties financially accountable.

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