On Wednesday, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement shared dash cam video as a reminder about the importance of load securement for commercial vehicle drivers.
Iowa DOT says that the truck driver in the dash cam clip wasn’t operating aggressively or erratically, but that with “slick floors, slick steel, and no securement,” it didn’t take much to overturn the truck.
See the video below.
Iowa DOT says that the truck driver’s company shared the video to show others the importance of securing your load:
This company was gracious enough to let us use their dash cam video of an accident that one of their drivers had. They wanted to use their experience as a learning experience for others. With that said, let’s talk about load securement again! You hear and see us talk about it often, but we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to give you a first hand look at what can happen when loads are not secured or immobilized properly.
Per FMCSR 393.100 – all loads must be secured or immobilized to prevent shifting upon or within the vehicle to such an extent that the vehicles maneuverability and stability is not affected. Commonly, we see loads (such as this one) that are not secured in any way. Please remember, just because the trailer or other vehicle is enclosed on all sides does not mean the load doesn’t need to be secure!
In the video you will notice the driver is not operating aggressively and does not make any erratic movements before the combination starts to tip and eventually land on it’s side. With slick floors, slick steel, and no securement, it doesn’t take much to turn a good day into a bad one. Thankfully, nobody was injured as a result of this accident. Please be safe!
Iowa DOT also shared photos of the crash aftermath, which you can view below.