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Unsecured boats atop cars can cause crashes

As we move into mid-to-late summer, many people are trying to get out on the water as much as they can before the weather turns cold. But when their haste means that kayaks or canoes don't get properly secured, tragic accidents can result. 

Boats are great on water. In the middle of a busy highway, they're much less fun. Last week in Michigan, two kayaks tumbled from the top of a moving SUV. In trying to avoid the kayaks, another driver collided with a third driver, whose car went off the road and rolled over. Also last week, in Ontario, Canada, a canoe that was not properly tied down fell off a car and onto the roadway where it collided with another car. 

Drivers have a responsibility to secure recreational items like boats and bikes to their cars in a way that doesn't endanger other drivers. When an unsecured item being towed from or strapped to a car becomes loose and causes an accident, any resulting injuries can be severe, and the effect of the accident victim's life can be permanent. 

One way to avoid such accidents is to steer clear of vehicles carrying equipment that could become loose and fall onto the road. But even the most vigilant driver can't avoid every possible hazard. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you secure the compensation you need to pay medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other expenses. 

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