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Dangerous Cargo Management

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Cargo refers to goods transported by trucks for commercial gain. Groceries are a good example of road cargo; these items require delivery on a daily basis to keep supermarket shelves stocked. Trucking is one of the oldest and most versatile shipping methods used today. It provides a means to get virtually any type of product to any shipping location. The goal of large trucking companies is to maintain superior transportation for the goods shipped, provide reliable service, and make sure the cargo is received on-time. Because there is incredible pressure to get goods delivered quickly, some trucking companies try to bend the strict rules that govern how much cargo can be transported at one time. This leads to dangerously overloaded trucks, improperly loaded trucks, and cargo that was not secured properly for transport.
Trucking companies must follow Federal and State regulations regarding the weight of the loaded truck, how to load the truck and the materials transported in that truck. When a truck is not loaded correctly, it can easily overturn, causing a serious accident with the vehicles around it. If you sustained injuries from debris in a road, caused by a truck that was not properly loaded, contact The Garcia Law Firm today to discuss your potential case.

A less than truckload is the most common type of shipment used by motor carriers today. The shipment ranges from 110 to 15,000 lbs. Trailers used for this type of shipment range from 28 to 53 feet long. The cargo is most often palletized, shrink-wrapped or packaged for a mixed cargo environment. However, many companies use crates and containers also.

A truckload is cargo weighing more than 15,000 lbs but less than 79,000 lbs. It is more economical and efficient to use one large trailer instead of sharing space on a smaller one. Truckload carriers usually charge by the mile but taken into consideration the distance, geographic location, cargo, equipment needed and service times required.

Examples of Cargo
Trucking carriers can handle full truckloads of cargo or volume-specific and freight-forwarding needs that range from small items to poisonous chemicals.
Examples include:
• Building materials
• Refrigerated items
• Automobiles
• Oversized equipment and machinery
• Mobile homes
• Hazardous chemicals/gases

If you were involved in a trucking accident and suspect the truck driver did not secure his load properly, contact one of our attorneys at The Garcia Law Firm to discuss your options. Our telephone number is (800) 281-8515.

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