A semi-truck carrying coils of steel crashed into another 18-wheeler on a Tennessee highway after the coils it was carrying came loose and fell from the trailer. According to the other driver, the load shifted as the semi changed lanes causing the loose cargo. “When 23,000 pounds of coil of steel shifts, it’ll flip a truck right over.”
The coils damaged parts of the highway, including the median, and resulted in the highway being closed for cleanup. Thankfully, neither driver sustained serious injury in this accident, however, unsecured loads can present dangerous conditions for Tennessee travelers.
Unsecured Loads on Tennessee Highways Create Risk of Injury and Death
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) created specific rules related to securing cargo on semi-trucks as they transport loads across United States highways, including rules specific to metal coils. The rules and regulations are intended not only to keep the drivers themselves safe but to protect others traveling the same roads from the dangers of unsuspected debris falling off and striking another car or becoming a road hazard.
Unsecured or improperly secured loads can lead to serious injury when they either cause an accident or make an accident worse due to loose cargo. Tennessee overloaded truck attorneys understand the seriousness of truck-related accidents and assist injury victims in receiving the compensation needed to recover from these types of accidents.
Major Issues Related to Unsecured Semi-Truck Cargo on Tennessee Roadways
An improperly secured or unsecured load can lead to weight shifts like the one that caused the Tennessee truck collision. An unsecured load can lead to items actually coming loose and falling off the truck, creating a hazard for other vehicles on the roadway. Unsecured loads are often due to, among other reasons:
- Poor maintenance: Failing to do routine maintenance may lead to broken parts of the truck itself coming off during transit.
- Improper use of tie downs: Tie downs should be appropriate in number and strength to the cargo they are meant to hold during transit.
- Overloading: Attempting to haul too much weight than the truck or the road can handle can lead to parts falling off or becoming loose during transit.
As a final thought, semi-truck drivers should consider whether they would feel safe driving behind their truck before determining that cargo is secure. And other drivers on the road should avoid if at all possible, semi-trucks who appear to have loose or unsecured materials.