Always make sure you properly secure any items that you happen to be transporting or towing, lest an unstable load fall off and wind up hitting someone like Brendan Jankowski.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, station KMSP reported that while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 94 approximately two weeks ago, Jankowski saw a floating foam pad attached to the back of the boat being towed by the vehicle in front of him suddenly come loose and begin tumbling toward him.
“I didn’t want to just swerve and possibly hit a car and get run over so I tried to get to the furthest part of the right of my lane,” he said. “I checked to see if the (next) lane was clear, and you know the rest.”
“The rest” of which he spoke may be viewed in the video below:
The woman who captured that video, Linda Leverty, reportedly got out of her car afterward to check on Jankowski.
Thankfully, the 20-year-old man suffered only minor injuries, thanks in part to the motorcycle jacket he had on that unfortunate day.
“I just bought the jacket that day thinking I’d come back next week and get the gear and have the full set,” he said. “I happened to use the jacket I just bought to help save me quite a bit of pain.”
Moreover, according to Jed Duncan of the Riders Academy, Jankowski responded to the situation in the right way.
“He was paying attention; he tried to get around that thing,” he remarked. “The fact that he went to the right — usually you go to the right because there’s no oncoming traffic that way.”
Good for him. As for the vehicle that was carried the unstable load, it had yet to be located.
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