Litter and Debris-Attributed Auto Accidents: Did you know…

Did you know…

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, over 800 Americans are killed each year in litter/debris-attributed motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, Arkansas ranked third on the list of states with the strongest probability these particular deaths would occur to motorists and passengers.

Due to this growing problem, The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) created a reporting system and a 24-hour, toll-free hotline. Citations can be given to a driver or passenger in any type of vehicle for littering all kinds of trash along any street, road or highway. Supporting anti-litter efforts will not only keep Arkansas beautiful, it will make our roads and highways safer.

Trucks and 18-wheelers that are not properly covered are also a major contributor to the litter and debris along Arkansas roads. According to state law, “No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping there from.”

Unfortunately, whether a trucker blatantly disobeys tarping laws or attempts to abide with little success, there are bound to be auto accidents that result from trucks dropping sand, gravel, rock and other forms of debris.

With these potential road hazards, it is important to protect yourself with insurance. If you have been injured in a litter/debris related auto accident or have any questions related to this matter, feel free to call us today.

 

 

 

 

 

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