Truckers have to ensure the cargo they carry is properly secured. Some loads might pose challenges, but it is imperative that nothing is allowed to slide, flip or move too much because unstable loads can lead to innocent people suffering injuries or death.
One of the more common types of cargo container that semitrucks carry is the intermodal. This container is simply placed on the trailer and then removing it at the destination. These must be secured to the trailer using specific methods to ensure that they won’t topple or slide.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has guidelines for these containers. For example, they can’t move more than ½-inch forward, backward, to the left or to the right. They can only move up to 1 inch vertically.
In order to achieve these limits, the intermodal container must have securement in the front and the rear of the container. The exact manner that this needs to happen depends on whether there is a chassis on the vehicle.
There are separate guidelines present for intermodal containers that are empty. The securement standards aren’t as strict, but the container must still be secured properly so that it doesn’t come off the trailer and slam into a vehicle.
If improperly secured cargo leads to a semitruck crash, the victims might choose to seek compensation for the damages they are facing. This can include medical care and other financial impacts like missed wages. There isn’t any conceivable reason why an innocent vehicle occupant should have to cover the costs associated with this type of accident when they didn’t have a duty to secure the cargo.