unsecure_cargo Road debris

A new report by AAA shows that debris that has fallen from a vehicle, is a factor in more than 200,000 police-reported crashes. Those crashes included 500 people who died and about 39,000 injuries between the years 2011 and 2014.

According to the Traffic Safety Study, about two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle because of improper maintenance and unsecured loads. And since 2001, when the Foundation first issued its study, crashes involving vehicle related-debris have increased 40% .

  • The most common types of debris that fall onto the roadway from vehicles are:
  • Parts, such as tires, wheels or hubcaps  that become detached from the vehicle;
  • Unsecured cargo such as  furniture, appliances and other items; and
  • Tow trailers that become separated and either hit another vehicle or lands on the roadway.

“This new report shows that road debris can be extremely dangerous but all of these crashes are preventable,” said Jurek Grabowski, research director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Drivers can easily save lives and prevent injuries by securing their loads and taking other simple precautions to prevent items from falling off the vehicle.”

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Old Town, Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia Ranked #4 City in the South for Lowest Property Crime Rates

Quotes.Safeco.com, an authorized Safeco retailer offering insurance for home, auto and other products, recently conducted a study to find the top 10 midsize cities in the South with the lowest and highest property crime rates. Alexandria, Virginia, registered an overall score of 292.37 to rank as the #4 city with the lowest property crime rate.

To rank the top 10 cities with the highest and lowest property crime rates, analysts used data from the FBI’s Crime Report. Offenses that fall into the category of property crime include burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

The overall score is an unweighted average of burglary per 100,000 population, larceny per 100,000 population and motor vehicle theft per 100,000 population in 2015. Cities were only included if their populations fell in the range of 100,000 to 500,000.

Alexandria, Virginia Ranked #4 City in the South for Lowest Property Crime Rates

The full report can be viewed online.

For more information about Safeco Insurance, visit this link.

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