Wednesday, September 22, 2021
One of the most common calls we receive is calls about debris dropped from cars. These are drastically more frequent after a disaster like Hurricane Ida.
An unsecured load is defined as cargo outside a vehicle that has not been fastened in or attached to the vehicle with tarps, rope, straps, netting, or chains, to prevent any part of the load or the covering from becoming loose, detached, or leaving the vehicle while the vehicle is moving
“But I’m just going a short way and I won’t be driving fast.”
Even if you are driving slowly for just a couple of blocks you are still required to secure your load. The law is clear – every vehicle that travels on every publicly maintained road must have a secured load.
“But what I’m hauling is so heavy it couldn’t possibly fall out.”
Just because you can’t imagine it happening doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Each year, heavy items such as large truck tires, spools of wire, and large pieces of wood fall from vehicles and end up on our roadways creating hazards for motorists. Take the time to always secure your load.
“But my load is below the top of the truck side walls.”
Even with a small load, items can shift and become loose or airborne. Don’t risk it – secure your load.
To secure your load:
- Tie-down using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
- Put lighter items lower and place heavier items on top to help keep them in place and secure the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
- Cover your load with a tarp. Covering your load with a tarp and then securely fastening the tarp to the vehicle is good way to ensure that your load is secure.
- Don’t overload your vehicle.
- Double-check that your load is secure.