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2017 International Roadcheck blitz to focus on cargo securement

Cargo securement will be the focus of the 2017 International Roadcheck campaign, which is set to take place in June. Now that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has confirmed the date of the 72-hour inspection spree, drivers who travel the highways of West Virginia and other states alongside semi-trailers may want to learn more about the annual event and how it could potentially impact roadway safety.

North American Standard Level 1 inspections are the most thorough type of examination, and they target both trucks and their drivers. Most of the inspections that will be conducted during 2017's International Roadcheck will be Level 1 ones. Although load securement has historically been addressed at this level of inspection, authorities believe that the added emphasis on this category during the 2017 inspection blitz will highlight just how crucial it is.

Based on literature that has been released by CVSA in connection with 2017's event, inspectors will likely examine tie-downs for damage such as wear and tear. Drivers and fleets could be found to be in violation of cargo securement safety requirements if their tie-downs are damaged, loose or insufficient for fastening the load at hand. Additional violations could include failure to secure trucking equipment or prevent the loss or shifting of cargo.

When improperly secured cargo causes a commercial truck accident, occupants of cars, vans and light pickups may be particularly vulnerable to serious injury and death. Individuals who are injured or have lost loved ones in such incidents may want to consult with personal injury attorneys. After carefully examining the evidence involved in a truck accident, a lawyer may be able to establish liability on the part of all responsible parties and work to achieve just financial compensation on his or her client's behalf.

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