In following up with our recent articles on trucking rules and regulations, we thought it would also be good to point out incidents which happen and expose violations of these rules. According to an article in the Birmingham News yesterday (Sunday, June 8, 2008), a truck lost two of its four steel coils on Interstate 459 on Friday, June 6, 2008 at around 6:00 p.m. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the interestate was not damaged. However, it appears as though the coils were being held down with nylon straps instead of chains.
As previously mentioned, drivers are responsible for making sure their loads are secure. In this situation, it appears as though that was not done. As stated by an Alabama Department of Transportation employee stated, “it could have been catastrophic.” This is why trucking companies and drivers need to be held accountable when these types of violations occur.