Take A Load Off – The Liability for Improper Load Securement

February 2023

By Peter T. DeMasters and Michael A. Secret, as published in USLAW Magazine (Winter 2023)
Originally published in DRI In Transit, Volume 24 – Issue 1 (2021)

Over 164,000 miles of highways in the National Highway System make up just a part of the over 4 million miles of public roads in America. On these roads, truck drivers move roughly 72.5% of the nation’s freight by weight. With all of the loading and unloading of goods in the American trucking matrix, who is liable when a person is injured by falling cargo? Where does a broker’s potential liability for injury from improperly secured cargo fit in?

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