Truck Loading Critical to Safety
Just imagine 80,000 pounds coming at you at 70 miles an hour and you have just imagined driving on any interstate highway. This scenario is not a problem if the semi-trailer is properly loaded and secured. Many precautions are necessary to safely transport materials and products on our highways. Virtually anything you can think of is transported by tractor-trailer (18 wheelers). The item transported dictates the type of securing or loading measures necessary to safely transport. For instance, hauling liquids such as gasoline or milk require special tanker trailers with baffles inserted to reduce “sloshing” or movement of the load to cause the weight to shift causing steering or control difficulty. Flat-bed trailer hauling pipe must be secured using dunnage which works much like a doorstop to keep the pipe from rolling while chains and straps are used to tighten the load onto the trailer. The failure to use adequate loading or securing procedures regularly cause catastrophic accidents often claiming lives or causing terrible injury. Not only can shifting of the load cause the truck to go out of control but the load falling or rolling off the truck can kill too. There are specific safety procedures required for truck loading and those must be investigated to fully understand the cause of these types of accidents. To learn more regarding truck safety contact us.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)