Have you ever driven behind a truck and been uneasy as the cargo shifted from side to side?
You may be right in feeling uneasy as cargo that becomes loose can create serious, potentially fatal, accidents.
The law requires that cargo be secured on commercial trucks. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the tie downs used to secure cargo must be able to hold at least one and one half times the weight of the cargo. Even the smallest cargo must have at least two tie downs, even if one is sufficient to hold one and one half times the weight of the cargo. Special requirements may be imposed for specific types of cargo such as metal.
Additionally, bracing, blocking and covering cargo may be required or beneficial.
People who are hurt by unsecured cargo in PA may be entitled to damages and should contact an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer for an initial consultation.