… a failure to properly secure a load.

These guys were smart enough to set the camera up beforehand, but not smart enough to see what was coming.

UPDATE: The YouTube account that hosted the video that was posted here originally no longer exists. In place of that video, we have instead this intersection camera clip of a truck that has its cab crushed by it own unsecured load of timber when the truck stops for a red light and the logs slide forward into the cab.

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Unsecure Loads are a Driving Safety Hazard

Most drivers won’t be faced with the dangers of a load of timber, but we all face road hazards from all kinds of unsecured loads everytime we drive. Anything that isn’t properly secured onto a vehicle or in a truck bed can become a flying hazard when wind carries it into traffic.

And as in any kind of collision, physics is against you here. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, at 55 mph a 20-pound object that falls from a vehicle has the impact strike of half a ton.

We updated this post because our original video became unavailable, but it also gave us the opportunity to talk about a really common and very dangerous driving safety hazard.

And it draws attention to the Texas-wide campaign Secure Your Load, that wants to inform drivers about the hazards of unsecured loads on their own vehicles and of following too closely behind vehicles that haven’t been loaded properly.