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Among the things California’s roads see a lot of are vehicles hauling loads. And this doesn’t just include large commercial trucks transporting goods. For example, pickup truck owners may use their truck’s bed for hauling objects, goods or supplies for work or in connection to personal projects. Also, some individuals have their vehicle hauling a fair amount of things in connection to trips, such as vacations, they are taking.

Whatever type of vehicle they have and whatever their reason for hauling a load, it is critical for a driver to make sure loads they are hauling are secure. This includes taking steps like properly tying and covering loads and checking that a load has stayed secure throughout the course of a long trip. When a load isn’t properly secured, it can result in objects failing out onto the road and the areas around it. This can have a variety of negative consequences.

For one, it could hurt the environment. Unsecured objects that fall from a vehicle could create littering, contamination and pollution concerns.

Unsecured loads can also expose the state to major costs, such as the costs associated with picking up road debris. According to state estimates, over $67 million was spent by Caltrans in relation to debris/litter pick-up last year.

Additionally, unsecured loads can pose major safety risks on the roads. Debris that falls onto the road as a result of not being properly secured can cause serious crashes.

When an unsecured load causes a traffic crash, whether the debris came from a commercial vehicle or a regular passenger vehicle, how clear of a picture the individuals hurt in the accident have of the legal options they have matters considerably. These options and what the process of pursuing them can involve can be impacted by a variety of different details regarding the vehicles and parties involved in the crash and how the unsecured load came about. So, explanations of what impacts the details of their accident have when it comes to compensation matters are among the things a person may want to seek out from a personal injury lawyer following being harmed in an accident caused by road debris.

Source: Caltrans, “Caltrans Reminds Motorists to Secure Loads Before Traveling,” June 6, 2017

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