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Improper Loading of the Trailer

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2011

Improper Loading of the Trailer
Length: 00:02:24
Buck Rogers: Another type of case that we see on occasion is negligent loading. Negligent loading can not only be the cause of the collision but it can also lead to an independent form of liability against another defendant. Typical situations when that happens is a load loss where on a flat bed that's not properly strapped, the load actually shifts and falls off of the trailer, or on occasion flips the trailer. So you want to look at issues about strapping and tarping and securing the load generally. Other situations have to do with oversized vehicles or oversized loads, like earth moving equipment on a type of trailer that's called a drop deck or on occasion, a double drop deck. Double drop decks and drop decks have the situation when they're crossing rail road grates perpendicular; the trailer can get hung up on the tracks. And this obviously can lead to a horrible collision with a train. With an oversized vehicle like a mobile home or a large boat, you also have situations with escort vehicles. And depending on the type of roadway they're on, they either need one or two. And they also need to have permits too, and only drive in daylight hours. Sometime the escort vehicles have to also have law enforcement clearing the way. Another type of loading situation we see are liquid containers. And they can either be baffled or not baffled. Baffled would be something like fuel where the load is actually separated in several different loads. Non-baffled load would be like food products like milk. A non-baffled trailer will get the super positioning of any stopping and starting and exacerbate any acceleration or deceleration dynamic in a collision. Other types are loading, uh, logging trucks. Logging trucks have a problem with not only their load not being secure, but the parts of the load falling off of the truck. Another issue with logging trucks is that they go into the woods to get loaded, and therefore, they're going through rough terrain, losing marker lights, scraping up conspicuity tape, all kinds of problems with the vehicle. Finally, with regard to sealed containers, you have a situation where the container is sealed for the security of the cargo. The driver doesn't know how it's baffled, how it's secured, and you can have load shift within that container.

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