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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Car Accidents Caused by Unsecured Loads

When you’re behind a car or truck that is loaded with items, are you worried that something might fall off and cause you to swerve and potentially become involved in a car accident?  It’s a valid concern.  A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that more than 200,000 crashes involved debris resulted from unsecured loads on roadways during the last four years.  Approximately 39,000 of those accidents resulted in injuries, and more than 500 deaths.  

It’s especially important for drivers in the Henry County area to know that more than one in three crashes involving debris occur between 10:00 a.m. and 3:59 p.m.,  and are most likely to happen on interstate highways such as the heavily traveled I-75 corridor.   According to AAA, this is the time when many people are hauling heavy items like furniture or construction equipment –bulky cargo that can fall onto the roadway and cause accidents if unsecured.  Conveniently located between the second largest port on the eastern seaboard (Savannah) and Atlanta, drivers in Henry County already experience heavy traffic volume throughout the day.  

As personal injury attorneys located south of Atlanta in Henry County, we want to remind drivers that these types of accidents are 100% preventable if the drivers responsible for transporting their load take the time to secure it.  According to AAA’s announcement, drivers hauling items can easily help prevent accidents by doing the following:

  • Tie down objects with rope, netting or straps

  • Tie large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer

  • Cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting

  • Don’t overload the vehicle

  • Always double check load to make sure a load is secure

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident that was caused by human error of another driver, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

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