Unsecured Loads Responsible for 200,000 Crashes
Over the last four years, over 200,000 crashes involving debris have occurred. According to a Study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths resulted from the crashes. Almost 37% of all deaths from debris, are from drivers swerving away from an object. This over-correction will cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, often causing more trouble. Most of these crashes, are preventable. First, drivers are responsible for making sure their vehicles are checked regularly by trained mechanics. Drivers also need to make sure they tie down large objects directly to the bed or trailer, and cover the entire load with a sturdy net or tarp.