A crash caused by an unsecured load is reminding Washington drivers about the importance of taking the necessary precautions to avoid traffic accidents.
A man from Mason County sustained injuries after swerving to avoid hitting a chair in the road, Washington State Patrol troopers told reporters. The 59-year-old man was traveling south on state Route 3 in Kitsap County when a chair fell off a passenger car. In order to avoid hitting the chair, the driver swerved, which caused him to drive into the northbound lanes. He eventually collided with a northbound vehicle carrying two occupants.
Both the 60-year-old driver and the 63-year-old passenger of the second vehicle were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Secure Your Load To Avoid Traffic Accidents
When loads aren’t properly fastened in or attached to vehicles, these items tend to become loose. Depending on how fast the vehicle is moving, loose items can become detached, falling into the road and increasing the risk of serious traffic accidents. In the case of the Kitsap County crash, drivers and passengers involved sustained injuries. Thankfully, they weren’t fatal. However, that isn’t always the case.
According to official state data, about 400 crashes involving unsecured loads are registered every year. To avoid related accidents and prevent traffic deaths, we must all do our part.
The Washington State Patrol urges drivers who have either witnessed or been the victim of unsecured loads to call 911 and report the occurrence as soon as possible. Providing officials with detailed information regarding the item’s location, the direction of travel, color and license plate number of the vehicle involved, and anything else they might think that could help officials find the culprit helps. You may also fill a complaint form by clicking on this link.
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