Trash on the Highway: Dangerous

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 aaa-debris-crashes-transfer_20160811120708767_5647715_ver1-0_640_360involving 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.