A Seattle driver hauling a kayak was responsible for a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near South Spokane Street in Seattle early Friday morning when the kayak fell from her car.
Seattle’s KOMO News.com reports that the woman’s car dropped a kayak on I-5 and two cars collided as they tried to avoid the kayak. Two other vehicles were hit with debris from the car accident.
Washington state vehicle code RCW 46.61.655 is the statute that covers lost loads. It is also known as “Maria’s law” for the young woman who was seriously injured and blinded after a lost load crashed into her vehicle. The statute provides that a driver is guilty of criminal negligence if he/she fails to secure all or part of a load. If a lost load causes bodily injury, the driver could spend up to a year in jail and face a fine of $5,000.
Unsecured loads are responsible for more than 400 Washington state motor vehicle accidents each and every year. Many of these accidents result in serious injury or even death. Nationwide, approximately 100 people are killed every year due to accidents caused by lost loads.
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 caused by the negligence of another. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.