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Video: Rider avoids debris from truck

Video: Rider avoids debris from truck

Unsecured debris falling off trucks and utes is a fairly common occurrence and very dangerous for riders as seen in this video where a Canadian motorcyclist manages to avoid two wooden pallets that fall off a truck.

The BMW F 800 GS rider posted his helmet-cam video on YouTube under the headline “Thank God for the Left Lane Camper” referring to the driver blocking the left lane.

He admits to tailgating the driver but says the car saved him from being hit.

This incident is far from unusual.

Debris a common occurrence

Australian authorities receive tens of thousands of callouts a year to collect debris from our roads.

It includes household goods, building materials and green waste, causing road closures, disruptions, injuries and deaths.

Most vulnerable to these unsecured loads are motorcyclists.

Many riders have witnessed all sorts of things flying off the backs of trucks and pick-ups, but the worst culprits seem to be tradies.

Perhaps they are in a rush to get home or to the next job, but too many don’t secure their loads properly.

Take a look at the side of our freeways. They are littered with tradies’ hard hats, rubber boots, gloves and tools.

Other motorists to avoid are weekend gardeners taking their load to the dump in a hired trailer. They are not professional transport operators, so they don’t know how to secure a load properly. Give them a wide berth.

Unsecured load police

It’s not as if the police and authorities don’t care about unsecured loads.

Police frequently blitz for unsecured loads and the fines range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the risk level of the spilt load.

However, a fine won’t help a rider recovering in hospital from hitting a loose load. Instead, it’s our responsibility to stay away from any vehicle with a loose load.

And if you see a dangerous load, report it to the police.

More examples

An unusual example of a rider being hit by an unsecured load occurred in Brisbane’s Clem 7 tunnel last year.

Aaron Wood was lucky to avoid injury after hitting a mattress that fell off the back of a ute.

He as riding at 80km/h when he hit the mattress. The impact was so severe he tore the grips off the bars of his Honda CBR1000RR.

The driver was fined a measly $275 for an unsecured load.

The video shows another motorcyclist going past just before the mattress flies off the back of the ute.

Had it come out earlier, it might have taken out two riders.

Rider hits unsecured mattress in tunnel

“I have been riding for 20 years and never had something like this happen,” Aaron told us.

“I had luck on my side.”

In this video an American rider crashes into a load that had fallen off the back of a boat trailer being pulled by an SUV.

Rider Brendan Jankowski, 20, doesn’t seem to be following very closely. However, it is close enough for him not to be able to avoid the load of rolled-up foam that falls off. He hits it square on and flips over.

Luckily, he only received minor injuries.

It’s a good lesson to be aware of trucks and pickups carrying loads secured only by ropes and ties.

What dangerous debris have you seen on our highways? Tell us about your near-miss! Leave your comments below.


  1. Kwinana Fwy, Perth.
    A wheelbarrow flipped up and off the back of a light tray-back truck and directly into my path. I assume it got caught by a wind gust. The emergency lane was my only escape route and I took it. Thankful I wasn’t sitting closer behind and had time to react. Scared the begeezus out of me.

  2. Beware when there is a light layer of fog on the ground especially at night as your lights shine off it hiding the objects underneath, hitting a dead roo at 110kph can alter the pitch of your voice for weeks.
    I’ve had as mentioned a dead roo missing manhole covers a bag of cement an entire load of steel rods several boots a ladder a kids inflatable pool a trampoline plastic chairs and several exhaust systems to avoid in my travels.

  3. Morale to the story, don’t tailgate and definetely do not travel behind utes or trucks with open loads.

  4. A valuable lesson I learned in 1970 was to follow the wheel track of the vehicle in front. Instead I was in the centre of the lane travelling at 80kph and hit a brick which the car in front hadn’t had to avoid. The result: an instantly flat ripped front tyre. Fortunately I stayed upright.

  5. While riding in the opposite lane I saw the wind get under a tinny (as in boat) strapped to the roof racks of a car. The tinny flew off, did a somersault and landed on the bonnet of a following Mercedes. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

  6. It’s not only debris falling off unsecured loads. I was coming around a roundabout at a sensible speed with a slightly wet road from previous shower – so was being careful when suddenly lost rear wheel traction. Culprit was petrol possible from an overfilled tank or petrol cap not secured. Bike slewed dangerously, realised what had happened and controlled the slide. Point is I could not see the petrol spill due to wet road. Another wake up call.

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