Washington Patrol says “Secure your Load” to prevent accidents

The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, reminds motorists to properly secure loads on vehicles or risk a fine of $5,000 and a year in jail time.

Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.655:

No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any public highway unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping there from.

Every year in the state of Washington, nearly 12 million pounds of refuse lands on county, state and interstate roads. This refuse is an eyesore, harms our wildlife and can cause traffic accidents. Every year, more than 400 motor vehicle accidents are caused by unsecured loads some resulting in devastating injuries and occasionally death.

Motorists often have the mistaken belief that if they carry something heavy in a pickup truck or trailer, they don’t need to tie it down. While a couch, refrigerator or household furniture might not blow out of the back of a truck, the momentum of heavy objects when a vehicle stops can have disastrous consequences.

The Washington State Patrol tells witnesses to lost loads to call 911 immediately and provide the following information:

  • location where you saw the vehicle
  • direction in which the vehicle was traveling
  • the road the vehicle was traveling on
  • description of the vehicle including color
  • vehicle license plate number
  • name of trucking company or other identifying information on the vehicle
  • a description of what you saw
  • identify yourself as a witness or a victim.

Besides calling 911 regarding a lost load, you can report the incident on the WSP web site.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.