Secure those loads!

Markel has had a number of vehicular claims involving boxes, trash cans, and other items falling out of the beds of pickup trucks. We’ve also had claims for towed trailers coming loose and canoes coming off trailers into the road. Nearly all of these have resulted in injuries to other drivers and significant property damage.

Bungee cords are not an appropriate method of securing canoes to trailers or other items in the back of pickup trucks because the bungee stretches under high wind conditions. Use straps or rope to secure loads, or cover the items with a net secured to the truck bed. Staff may also need training in how to secure a trailer and how to balance the trailer load.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.