AAA is urging drivers to properly secure their loads to prevent dangerous debris on the roads. From 2011 through 2014, there were more than 200 thousand crashes involving debris on the nation’s highways according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The crashes resulted in 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths. About two-thirds of the debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle because of improper load maintenance and securement.
The most common types of vehicle debris include:
— Parts detached from a vehicle (tires, wheels, etc., that fall on the roadway.
— Unsecured cargo such as furniture, appliances, and other items falling onto the roadway.
— Tow trailers becoming separated and hitting another vehicle on landing on the highway.
Nearly 37% of all deaths in road debris crashes resulted from the driver swerving to avoid hitting an object. Over-correcting at the last moment to avoid debris can increase a driver’s risk of losing control of their vehicle and make a bad situation worse.
The bottom line when you are driving: be ready for anything – expect the unexpected.