How many times have you seen building materials and other heavy objects strewn about the roadway or interstate? Have you ever stopped to think about what might have happened had you been there when those materials came loose?
The reality is that countless motorists suffer severe injuries or die each year when cargo carried by other vehicles gets dislodged and falls into the roadway. If this happens to you, you may be able to hold a negligent motorist accountable for failing to properly secure their load if you get hurt.
What are some of the most common items to become dislodged?
While sanitation workers and road crews spend significant time and billions of dollars removing debris from our roadways, most of what they pick up is trash, leaves and other lightweight items that are unlikely to cause anyone harm.
The larger items such as furniture, tires, mattresses, appliances, building materials and Christmas trees are what motorists must worry about. When not properly secured, these can become easily ejected from the vehicles and injure someone. Even commercial loads can become a danger if a truck’s cargo isn’t properly tied down.
What should I do if a motorist’s loose load injures me?
When you’ve been hurt by a loose object that suddenly comes flying off another vehicle, you have a right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. Because such claims can be complicated, it’s wisest to have the help of a Van Nuys attorney. They can advocate for you with the insurance companies involved, explore different avenues for compensation and help protect your rights.