The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is looking for a 1980’s or 1990’s green or teal pickup truck with wood panels that they believe was involved in a “lost load” accident which almost injured a Bellevue couple and caused damage to their Mercedes Benz.
According to a WSP media release, the Bellevue couple was driving southbound on Interstate 405 at NE 85th street in Kirkland around 3:45pm when a truck traveling northbound lost and unsecured pick-ax from its truck bed. The pick-ax went through the windshield of the couple’s Mercedes and grazed the driver’s should before it lodged between the two front seats. The couple narrowly missed injury.
RCW 46.61.655 is the vehicle statute which covers unsecured loads. It is also known as “Maria’s Law.” 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.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 25,000 accidents and 100 deaths are caused by lost loads every year. In Washington State, the WSP estimates there are approximately 400 accidents a year caused by unsecured loads.
Drivers often do not understand how the laws of physics come into play when they load items into their pickup trucks. Then mistakenly believe that heavy objects will stay put. However, heavy objects can go flying and the results can be disastrous as drivers swerve to avoid the object or the object goes through a windshield causing facial and head injuries and can severely injure, blind or kill the driver and passenger.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney 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.