In Manatee County, Saturday, October 6, 2012 a serious accident was caused by two mattresses that were not properly secured. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of I-75 near the intersection of I-275 when a pair of mattresses flew off the top of a pick- up truck, directly into the path of oncoming traffic. One car, in an attempt to avoid the mattresses, swerved and hit two separate guardrails. The other vehicle ended up overturning. Both drivers were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. The driver of the pick-up was charged with carrying an unsecured load.
Increased safety risk
As our interstates are increasingly used for local traffic the risk of accidents caused by unsecured cargo is presenting a greater risk and safety challenge. It is one thing to be driving on a neighborhood road at thirty miles per hour and respond to something flying into your path of travel, but quite another being on the interstate travelling at least seventy miles per hour. On the local road, you may have a minor accident or you may avoid the accident all together, however on the interstate you have very little opportunity to avoid the accident and the magnitude of the crash is much greater. Of course, the chance of serious injuries or a fatality is that much higher.
Therefore, it is crucial that individuals take great efforts to properly secure loads on their vehicles and if possible to avoid taking the interstate on the chance that the cargo will come loose. In addition, the penalties for unsecured loads should be higher.
What victims should do
If you are a victim of such an accident and are injured as a result, you should first seek medical attention, however your next priority should be to consult with a qualified, local attorney who is board certified in civil trial law.
Laurie S. Zimmerman, Esq.
As a local attorney for over 22 years who has been board certified in civil trial law for over a decade, I have represented many car accident victims in crashes caused by improperly secured cargo. Please feel free to check out our web site at zimmermanandzimmerman.com or call (941) 364-8503 for a free consultation.