An article from serves as a reminder that safety should always be a concern when loading anything onto a car, including ladders.

Stavros J. Dalambakis and his wife were the unfortunate victims of an accident when a ladder fell off the top of a vehicle in front of them. While trying to avoid the ladder, Dalambakis swerved his pickup out of the way, only to have the trailer he was pulling jackknife and drive the truck into the water-filled ditch on the side of the road. Mr. Dalambakis did not survive the accident and his wife went to the hospital with some injuries.

If the ladder on the car in front of them had been securely attached to the vehicle, this tragic accident would not have occurred.