Fallen Cargo, Lost Load, and Roadway Debris Cause 10% of All Car Accidents
A 2004 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that debris unintentionally discharged from vehicles, lost loads, onto the roadway causes over 25,000 crashes per year in North America, resulting in approximately 80-90 fatalities.
Particularly during the Spring and Summer months vehicles hauling yard debris, household belongings, luggage, recreational vehicles and other loads that are not properly secured increases the number of roadway debris accidents.
Semi-trucks or delivery trucks with unsecured items falling from vehicles onto the roadway are responsible for collisions and blocked roadways that slow the flow of traffic for everyone.
These collisions happen more often than one would think, and can leave innocent victims with serious and life-threatening injuries.
The driver of a motor vehicle is always responsible for making sure that the vehicle is safe to travel down the road and any items being hauled are secure. Never assume that an item will stay put just because of weight. Large items like furniture can escape in the road if not properly secured.
If something escapes from a vehicle or trailer and causes property damage, the driver is subject to misdemeanor charges. If something falls out and causes bodily injury, the driver is subject to gross misdemeanor charges, which could result in a $5,000 fine or one year in jail. And the driver may be required to pay civil damages as well.