Have you ever been driving along the road and spotted a vehicle that has been carrying a load that looked potentially unsafe? No doubt you kept your distance from it if you ever have seen something like this. However you don’t always get any warning that something is about to fall off another vehicle – and in some cases you could end up with it coming towards you at speed.
Accidents like this can happen very quickly and leave people reacting very suddenly to try and avoid being hit by whatever has come off another vehicle. All loads in all kinds of vehicles should be as safe as they can possibly be, properly secured so they cannot come loose. If this is not the case a charge of negligence could be levelled against the driver.
What kinds of injuries caused by unsafe loads could occur?
They could range from minor injuries and shock to far more serious injuries. A lot will depend on what comes off a vehicle and whether it directly hits a car. For example a hit to the windscreen by something heavy could result in the driver and passenger being seriously injured. In other cases people may avoid the impact but could be caught up in an accident caused by avoiding it.
Negligence could be determined to have occurred if the driver did not properly secure the load when attaching it to the vehicle or loading it in the back. This applies equally to cars as it does to all other vehicles. Even a roof-rack could potentially cause damage if it was loose and came off. Accident Advice Helpline has heard of all kinds of things causing accidents like this.
Avoiding injuries caused by unsafe loads
Clearly you have a responsibility as a driver to make sure your own car is safe in terms of anything you are carrying. By keeping a safe distance from all other vehicles on the road – especially anything that has a load – you can give yourself more time to react if something went wrong.
Accident Advice Helpline is always here if something does go wrong. Talk to an adviser about injuries caused in this way now, by calling 0800 689 0500 completely free. It’s the best way to get the no-obligation advice you need. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is here whenever you need it most, so why not call today?
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen