The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that the Washington State Patrol is making a concerted effort to convince drivers not to carry unsecured loads; they will be ticketing drivers if they catch them on a trip to the dump or moving household goods, etc. if the load is not properly tied down. According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, every year there is an average of 400 accidents in Washington State caused by road debris, and some of these accidents result in serious personal injury and even death. RCW 46.61.655 is the Revised Code of Washington which outlines the penalties for carrying an unsecured load. Drivers can expect fines of $216 for unsecured loads. If an unsecured load injures someone, you may be fined $5,000 and be sentenced to a year in jail.
The case of Maria Federici, a Renton resident, brought the dangers of unsecured loads to the forefront. Federici was awarded $15.5 million by a King County jury after she was blinded and disfigured by furniture that crashed into her car when it flew out of a rented U-Haul trailer.
The State Patrol asks that if you have witnessed or been a victim of objects that have fallen off of a vehicle, you should call 911 immediately.
View Secure Your Load Video which was produced by the Washington State Department of Ecology. It tells the story of Maria Federici and other drivers who have been seriously injured due to flying debris.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by debris from an unsecured load, you need to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in representing people with serious injuries and wrongful death. Contact us today for a free case consultation. You are entitled to compensation for your medical costs and for consideration of future medical costs.