Pickup trucks are a wonderful vehicle to have around. Whether you are moving into a new home, loading up firewood, or taking your lawnmower in for repairs, having a pickup truck makes the process simple. Having bungee cords to help secure your items and prevent accidents is also a great idea.
What is a Bungee Cord?
Bungee cords are made of elastic strands covered in a nylon or cotton sheath. They originated out of the parachute industry some 60 or 70 years ago. Bungee cords secure items without having to tie knots; they also help absorb shock.
Bungee Cords and Pickup Trucks
Bungee cords, when used properly, can save time and energy when fastening items into a truck bed. Having multiple bungee cords makes the fastening process easy, especially because bungee cords can be chained together to create desired length and tension. One must be very careful, however, not to pull the bungee cords too tightly, as bungee cords are very dangerous when sprung free unexpectedly.
It is tempting to just toss one’s items into a truck bed and assume the item will not fly out, especially when traveling short distances. Please be mindful that just a few minutes of bungee strapping can prevent serious accidents and even death. An Arizona man, for instance, died recently when struck by debris flying out of the back of a truck in front of his vehicle.
McKenzie & Snyder is an experienced law firm specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation law in Hamilton, Ohio.
Written by Andrew Tobergte