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New Braunfels personal injury attorneyStatistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that over 5,000 trucks and buses are involved in fatal accidents each year. Some of these involve unsecured loads. Why are they so dangerous, what does the law say about unsecured loads, and what can you do if you or a family member is injured or killed in such an accident?

Examining the Catastrophic Nature of Unsecured Loads

Unsecured loads have always been a problem, but it was not until the catastrophic injury of a young Washington woman that it gained national attention almost a decade ago. While driving down Interstate 405 in Washington State, a piece of unsecured furniture fell from a U-Haul truck and hit the young woman’s windshield. The injury that resulted left her permanently blind. To date, she has undergone seven reconstructive surgeries and years of physical therapy.

Others have faced similar and even more frightening injuries. Victims have died from debris going through their windshields. Many have endured catastrophic and sometimes fatal auto accidents because an item has fallen from a truck and into their path. In short, unsecured loads present a serious threat to every road user, and it should never happen.

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