Commercial truck drivers in Arizona might find their vehicles more likely to be inspected on June 6-8. Over this 72-hour period, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its International Roadcheck inspection blitz. The inspections will largely be North American Standard Level I. These are the most thorough kind, and cargo inspection is a part of them, but the CVSA is also making cargo securement a particular focus this year. The focus may bring the importance of cargo securement to the attention of drivers.
Ahead of the inspection blitz, the CVSA has prepared a list of tips for drivers. Among them are securing equipment and the load as well as checking tie-downs.
There are a number of violations for which drivers may be cited during the inspection. These may include having worn-out or damaged tie-downs, loose tie-downs and failing to properly secure loads or equipment.
Despite inspections such as these, motor vehicle accidents may occur. Trucking accidents may be particularly serious due to the size of the vehicle and the possibility that the truck may jackknife or a vehicle may go under the truck. If cargo is not properly secured, this could make the accident worse as well. If the accident is the fault of the truck driver, other drivers, passengers, pedestrians or others who are injured may receive an offer of compensation that is not sufficient to cover their medical bills and other expenses. Individuals who are injured in a truck accident may want to talk to an attorney about the best approach for seeking compensation. The company may be liable along with the driver, and the injured individual may choose to file a civil lawsuit.