Unsecured Cargo A Serious Problem on Roadways

A deadly accident occurred recently in July, 2011 in Jonesboro, Georgia when a truck carrying fence posts spilled some of its load out onto the side of the road, striking and killing a woman who was walking there. If the driver had made sure that his load was properly secured this fatal accident could have been prevented. The driver of the truck has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Vehicle related road debris (VVRD) is made up of parts of a vehicle that fall or tear off (like pieces of tire, brake parts, drive shafts) or cargo which has fallen from a vehicle into the roadway or side of the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that VRRD causes over 25,000 crashes and 81 to 90 deaths each year.

Commercial Vehicles Not The Only Culprits

Regular cars, vans and pickup trucks can also lose cargo they have not secured well to the roof or open truck bed like mattresses, home furnishings and building materials. Vehicles pulling boats home after a day out on the water have been regularly seen on our roadways with life vests, towels, lightweight chairs and even coolers flying out of the boats as the swirling wind catches and tosses them out.

From data collected The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 44.9% of vehicle related road debris crashes were caused by fallen cargo, 33.3% by mechanical debris, and 21.7% from an unknown source.

Even small objects falling from a vehicle can be deadly at highway speeds. Sometimes VVRD hits other vehicles directly causing a car crash while in other instances drivers are able to steer around VVRD to avoid being hit but lose control and crash as a result. Drivers can be held liable for improperly securing cargo which falls from their vehicle and causes personal injury or wrongful death to another.

Marietta and Kennesaw personal injury attorney Andrew Jones can help if you or a family member has been seriously injured or died due to the negligence of another person. We can help investigate your case and insure that you are adequately compensated.