The Seattle Times reports that a Bellingham woman, age 36, received an eye injury after a dump truck carrying a load of pea gravel dropped part of its load on Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle. Apparently, the gravel hit the passenger side front window of the truck the woman was a passenger in, shattering the window and blowing glass injured the woman’s eye.
The article said the driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
In Washington State, Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.655 — the “unsecured load” or “Maria’s law” — requires that no vehicle should be driven on a highway with a load that is not fastened or secured from dropping, sifting, or leaking content from a vehicle. The vehicle code specifies that a load must be securely fastened or covered to prevent a hazard on the highway. Failure to secure a load is a second degree misdemeanor.
The “unsecured load” or “Maria’s law” was enacted after Maria Federici, a Renton resident, was severely injured and blinded because a pickup truck lost a load. She was awarded a $15.5 million settlement by a King County jury in 2007.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of the personal injury attorney firm, The Farber law Group. With offices in Seattle and Bellevue, we represent people who have been seriously injured and the families of those killed in auto accidents including those caused by unsecured loads.
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