Container Transport by Road

Freight management in the United States is overseen by the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) who is responsible for promoting the integrity and quality of freight distribution throughout the nation. The FHWA is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which serves to deliver information about freight trucks and the general containerized trucking information relevant to commercial vehicles. Americans throughout the country depend on container road transportation in order to receive the goods and products that they use each and every day.

Container road transportation involves shipping containers, often referred to as intermodal containers, which are the standardized steel boxes used to efficiently and safely store and secure products and materials. Constructed so that they are reusable and can fit in a standardized system, intermodal containers ensure the safety and consistency of the U.S. trucking industry.

With efficiency at the forefront of intermodal containers, they are constructed to be able to be loaded, unloaded, stacked, and transported seamlessly. In fact, the containers are even able to transport to various modes of transportation such as rails, semi-trucks, and large container ships. In general, the container road transportation truck industry is highly regulated by the FHWA under the DOT; however, there are still quite a large number of motor vehicle collisions involving these vehicles each and every day in the U.S.

Unfortunately, human error contributes to the majority of the accidents involving intermodal containers. Truck accident litigation is amongst the most complex aspects of the law. When the negligence of a truck driver causes collision involving container road transportation, it is essential for the accident victims to seek professional legal services. Phillips Law Group is prepared to take on your case today.

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Container Road Transportation Information

After World War II the containerization industry really started to grow. With the goal of reducing transportation costs as well as increasing international trade, container standards were established to boost productivity and efficiency. The intermodal container, which is the reusable steel box, can hold a significantly wide range of materials and various contents, all while transporting these items via a number of different modes of transportation.

Intermodal containers are referenced in a number of different ways in the trucking industry. The following are some of the most commonly used terms:

  • Box

  • Conex Box

  • Container

  • Shipping Container

  • ISO Container

  • Sea Can

  • Freight Container

  • Hi-Cube Container

While the above terms are interchangeable, they are often used in conjunction with the particular mode of transportation being used as well as the contents within the container. Truck shipments in the United States tend to use lengthier intermodal containers such as 48 ft. and/or 52 ft. Container capacities are usually expressed in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The following are the most common standard lengths used in the United States:

  • 53-ft

  • 48-ft

  • 45-ft

  • 40-ft

  • 20-ft

Choosing specific containers sizes has to do with both the mode of transportation being used as well as the contents within the container itself. Elements of the container are specified on the inside of the intermodal box. The freight contents must be specified in terms of weight, type, and potential health hazards.

Improper loading of cargo causes some of the most debilitating collisions on the roadways today. A full container load is referred to as FCL. When the container is not fully loaded, it is said to LCL. These specifications play a significant role in determining potential accidents in regard to empty containers, fuel costs, and hazards inside of the loads. If you or a loved one has suffered during an accident due to an improperly loaded truck, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Phillips Law Group Phoenix office today to learn more about your potential options.

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Phillips Law Group takes our role in the Arizona community very seriously. When an accident occurs, we want all residents to take comfort in knowing that we have their backs. What this means for us is that we will provide unmatched customer service to make accident victims feel as comfortable as possible during these difficult times.

If you or a loved one has endured any injuries following a truck accident, our personal injury attorneys are prepared to take on your case today. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the maximum compensation possible to pay for the losses in which they have endured.

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