As highly experienced Miami truck crash attorneys, we have learned that large truck safety involves more than obeying the speed limits. Properly securing cargo is a critical aspect of safe transport for 18-wheelers, car haulers, flatbeds, and especially oversized loads. Failing to secure loads can throw the truck off balance, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Federal regulators from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed safety regulations which dictate how cargo must be secured. The rules establish a minimum standard for safety, however, additional security measures may apply depending upon the load transported by the carrier.
The FMCSA passed the cargo securement safety rules to prevent, or limit, cargo movement in three directions. Regulators concerned themselves with forward movement when stopping, backward movement when accelerating, and sideways movement when turning. Regulators also took into account the dynamics of load shifting while backing into a cargo bay as part of their analysis. The FMCSA developed these standards from thorough research into how loads shift while accelerating, decelerating, and turning. The rules assume the truck is equipped with anti-lock brakes that the driver has properly warmed and tested before setting out on his or her journey. Continue reading →