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Debris flying from vehicles can cause an accident

As a driver, you will have a lot on your mind. In addition to paying close attention to other drivers, you need to remember something else: Flying debris can lead to a serious accident that causes injury or death.

According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 39,000 people were injured as a result of an unsecured load falling from another vehicle between the years 2011 and 2014.

As a driver, you need to do your part in securing a load, such as if you are driving with items in the bed of a pickup truck. Neglecting to do so may not sound like a big deal, but you never know when an item could fly from your vehicle and cause harm to another driver.

Although it can be a challenge to do, you should always keep an eye on those who are hauling items. Do you see a truck with unsecured items in the bed? How about an SUV with luggage poorly strapped to the roof?

If you come across anything that appears unsafe, it's imperative that you keep your distance. You don't want to drive in close proximity to these vehicles, as it increases your chance of being part of an accident in the event that the item reaches the roadway.

If you are involved in this type of car accident, make sure you move your car to safety and call 911. You want police and an ambulance to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible.

Once you receive treatment, you can then learn more about the accident and your legal rights.

Source: CBS News, "AAA warns of accident risk from debris flying off vehicles," accessed Oct. 13, 2017

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