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Unsecured loads can be deadly

A load that isn't properly secured on a truck seems like such a minor thing. Sometimes, crews may just cut corners, trying to do the job quickly, or they may know they haven't done it perfectly, but they won't assume it matters for a short trip. They'll just hope for the best.

The reality, though, is that an unsecured load can absolutely be deadly. Cars are traveling at 50 to 70 miles per hour in many cases -- and sometimes faster. Hitting anything that has fallen off of a truck can destroy the passenger vehicle, cause a multiple-car accident, and leave many people with injuries, including some that are fatal.

Even when people survive, injuries can be life-changing. Take the case of a young woman who was nearing her exit back in 2004. She only had a few hundred feet to go and she would have safely left the interstate. She never made it, though, because a piece of furniture fell off of a trailer in front of her. One board sailed through the window of her SUV, and the 40-pound piece of wood hit her in the head. She did survive the catastrophic injuries that she suffered, but she was blinded and will never see again.

Securing a load properly may take a few extra minutes, but it is time well spent, as accidents like this are entirely preventable. If someone did not properly tie down a load on a truck and you were injured in the resulting accident, you may be able to seek compensation. The same is true if you lost a loved one in the wreck in New Jersey.

Source: Transportation, "Preventing the tragic consequences of unsecured loads," David Friedman, accessed Oct. 03, 2016

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