Commercial truck drivers are under pressure to meet strict deadlines. Often, these deadlines are imposed by their employers, who know full well that rules, regulations, and safety practices must be violated to meet these time restraints.
Regrettably, some drivers will pack their trucks hastily and in an unsafe manner, causing uneven loads and overloaded trailers that affect the handling of the vehicle. In some cases, loads have spilled onto roadways, causing dangerous obstructions. In others, the cargo weight has shifted and swung the tractor-trailer into the path of other vehicles. At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., our Wilmington truck accident lawyers believe that both the driver and the company are responsible for the often-tragic ramifications of this carelessness.
All cargo is to be secured on or in the vehicle by structures fully capable of immobilizing, supporting, and protecting it. This may be done through a combination of dunnage, dunnage bags, tie downs, shoring bars, etc. To prevent cargo from rolling, it needs to be restrained in a manner that prevents unintentional loosening, detachment, or unfastening. Cargo placed adjacently, secured by tie downs, should remain in direct contact and be prevented from potential shifts while the trailer is traveling.
Drivers and the carriers they work for must adhere to the following requirements:
Each driver is required to complete a written (or electronically documented) report following his shift for each vehicle he operates. The report requires the driver to inspect critical equipment including emergency brakes, lights, reflectors, tires, mirrors, and emergency equipment.
Any missing, inoperable, or defective equipment must be listed. The problem must be repaired before the vehicle may be returned to service. This documentation must be retained for a period of 90 days.
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Rhine Law Firm, P.C., offers clients tractor-trailer attorneys with decades of proven skills. Attorney Joel Rhine is recognized as one of the area’s preeminent truck accident trial lawyers, with more than 30 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in cases involving violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. Mr. Rhine and his staff will review the circumstances of your accident and explain your options for pursuing a claim against the trucking company and insurance carriers of any additional parties determined to be liable for damages.
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