WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently looked into the danger of debris and loose cargo on North Carolina roadways. Just about everybody has a story from a time when they had to avoid debris in the roadway. Failing to properly secure and fasten all cargo in one’s truck bed, car or trailer can put following motorists at risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes. These preventable roadway hazards are responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths across the nation each year.
Unsecured Cargo Causing Crashes in North Carolina
Unsecured cargo is a huge problem in North Carolina and across the U.S. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), in 2015, vehicles that swerved to avoid wind, slippery surfaces, or objects in the road caused more than 3,900 crashes. In those North Carolina crashes, 1,200 people were injured and 13 people were killed. A nationwide AAA study found that 39,000 injuries and 500 crash deaths were caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014.