Transcript for Falling Hazards Endanger Highway Drivers
7:40 and back now with "Gma" on the lookout for hazards on the highway. As people hitting the roads this holiday season, you won't believe the stuff falling off of their cars and could be in your way. It can be incredibly dangerous. And gio Benitez is here with the story and details. Reporter: Good morning. Just this week, a bad accident with a mattress caught on tape. How often does road debris cause an accident. It happens a lot. This morning, "Gma" is on the lookout. ? watch this dramatic collision on a southern California highway. Watch again. The first car stops to avoid a mattress in the road, but the SUV right behind it plowing straight into it. These crashes are the result of a dangerous and often deadly hazard on the roads. There it goes. Reporter: Unsecured cargo falling off cars and trucks, transforming ordinary bed mattresses into roadside hurdles, wooden planks into makeshift missiles. Even couches into chaos-causing obstacles. Highlighted in TV ads like these. Be better protected from mayhem, like me. Reporter: Road debris caused around 51,000 crashes and at least 440 deaths in 2010 alone. It's a very serious problem. When it does happen, it can be very serious, can lead to serious injury and death. Reporter: Think about this, a 20 pound object falling from a car at 55 miles per hour strikes with the impact of half a ton. Maria lost her eyesight when a 40 pound board fell from a uhaul truck in 2004. A jury awarded her more than $15 million in damages. Now her mother, robin, making it illegal in Washington state to not secure loads properly. Secure it like someone you love is in the video behind you. Reporter: And putting out a video showing how to secure the load. Good strap on it. Reporter: And call 911 to alert authorities of shaky cargo before it leads to this. All right. And in that accident both drivers went to the hospital but we're told they are both recovering and doing well. Let's show you that video one more time. Because this is that big tip. Watch what happens. We're talking about a car that just sort of stopped in the middle of the road. And that's what you have to do. You have to try to avoid those cars. Go around it so that you can go ahead and not get hit by that car. And call police. That's a big thing. So it may not be the debris, might be the person -- That's right. If you stop. You stop, that's the most dangerous. Go around it, call police to get the road debris off the road. Good advice there.
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