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Yearly truck inspection event focused on cargo securement

This summer's International Roadcheck campaign, which ran June 6-8, focused on cargo securement. Organizers say that during the event, about 15 trucks are inspected every minute. The annual campaign was created to help improve road safety throughout New York and the rest of North America.

Improperly secured cargo can sometimes be a factor in truck accidents. Inspectors searched for violations involving tie-downs, which included loose, damaged, missing or insufficient tie-downs. They evaluated if drivers failed to prevent shifting of load or loss of cargo and if there were any failures to secure truck equipment. While every year's inspection event covers cargo securement, organizers said that they were hoping to emphasize to truckers and trucking companies the importance of being aware of cargo issues.

As part of the preparation for this year's events, the organization released a pamphlet with tips about cargo securement. In 2016, the inspection event resulted in 21.5 percent of all trucks inspected being put out of service. The dangers posed by incorrect cargo securement can lead to serious accidents if the cargo falls on the road. In such cases, other vehicles may be unable to avoid debris.

Victims of truck accidents caused by loose cargo might want to pursue personal injury claims. They might be able to use a truck driver's last inspection results as evidence in the civil matter. For assistance with this process, a victim may consult with a lawyer who has knowledge about the state laws regarding truck accidents. The lawyer might assist the victim with gathering the required evidence, filling out any required paperwork and, if necessary, providing representation in court.

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