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Utah residents reminded to secure their loads when traveling

Since 2010, at least three fatalities have been reported as a direct result of roadway debris.
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    January 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Drivers who fail to secure their loads on Utah roadways may be faced with misdemeanor charges or in some cases, even worse. This legislation stems from the Utah Department of Transportation's report of over 500 car accidents a year initiated by roadway debris. From large pieces of plastic and garbage cans to toilets and mattresses, items found in the middle of the freeway can pose as fatal hazards to those driving at high speeds.

Death by roadway debris

Since 2010, at least three fatalities have been reported as a direct result of roadway debris. Earlier this year, a motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a mattress that was lying in the middle of I-15 in Box Elder County. Police officials have yet to locate the truck that lost the mattress, causing the death of an innocent person.

Yet another incident involved the death of a young teenage girl who fell victim to a lost steel car ramp that had fallen off the back of a pickup trailer. The driver of the pickup was eventually located and wasn't aware at the time that he had lost part of his load.

In attempts to avoid another loss of life caused by lost loads on Utah highways, UDOT has released a Litter Hurts campaign to educate the public on the dangers of driving with an unsecure load. State legislation also increased the fine for littering to $250 and the fine for losing a load to more than $500.

How to secure your load safely

Before you set out on the road with a truck load, spend a few minutes preparing your cargo.
- Be sure to keep all items below the top edge of the trailer or truck bed.
- Use cargo netting for small items only.
- When driving with a heavy load, don't assume that the weight of the items are enough to hold them in place.
- Ropes should only be used with an anchor. Only use Truckers Hitch, Bowline and Double Fisherman's Bend knots when securing your load.
- Close any bags, boxes and containers that are in the truck bed.
- Items can shift during your road trip. After driving a short distance check to see if your items have remained securely in place.
- Cover any loose items with a reliable tarp that has been secured to the truck.

Making sure that your load is properly secured may save a life.

Call the professionals

If you or someone you know is involved in a car accident that was caused by roadway debris, it is important to call a reputable personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney in Salt Lake County will ensure that you receive fair compensation for any property damage or injuries you sustained.

Article provided by Eisenberg Gilchrist & Cutt
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