A truck bed filled with gravel spilled out onto I-95 northbound, clogging traffic for hours heading into the extended New Year's Eve weekend. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that three additional vehicles were involved in the mess created by the Miami truck accident and the unsecured truck load. Two cars suffered a rollover accident and one crashed in the aftermath of the gravel spill.
The good news is that only one person was injured in the multi-vehicle accident. Travelers were detoured onto Miami Gardens Drive while crews worked to clean up the gravel spill.
The dump truck itself overturned on I-95, causing the gravel spill on the interstate. Florida law specifically requires all drivers to properly secure their loads to avoid them "dropping, shifting, leaking, blowing, or otherwise escaping therefrom" (Florida Statutes 316.520). The state imposes a duty to secure cargo on both the driver and the owner of the vehicle involved.
Depending on the type of vehicle involved, a tarp may be required to prevent a spill of cargo onto the highway, interstate or other roadway. Failing to properly secure cargo may be punished criminally as a misdemeanor in Florida.
When property damage, serious injury or death results from an unsecured load, a personal injury attorney in your area familiar with truck accidents and the rules and regulations governing truck drivers and trucking companies in your area can help you understand your right to compensation for your losses.
Source: CBS Miami, "Multi-Car Accident Shuts Down Northbound I-95," December 28, 2012