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Car Accidents Caused by Road Debris

Posted on October 26, 2017

Although many car crashes are the result of driver error, thousands of accidents are also caused by road debris every year. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety even estimates that road debris played a role in approximately 200,000 car accidents and around 39,000 injuries, 500 of which were fatal, over a four year period. Employing proper loading techniques and driving defensively can go a long way towards preventing these types of accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers use the level of care that they should when driving, which combined with the presence of road debris, can result in serious car accidents. Those whose negligence cause these types of accidents can and should be held accountable for their actions, so if you were injured in a car crash, you should consider speaking with an experienced car accident attorney who can explain your legal options.

What Qualifies as Road Debris?

The recently published AAA study found that the most common type of road debris encountered by drivers was tires. However, the study also noted that many accidents are caused by other types of debris, such as:

  • Tree limbs;
  • Furniture;
  • Car parts;
  • Rocks and gravel;
  • Construction equipment, including machinery, traffic cones, and materials; and
  • Separated trailers.

Although colliding with or attempting to avoid road debris is always dangerous, it is especially deadly on freeways, where vehicles are driven at a much greater speed.

Preventing Accidents

Avoiding road debris-related accidents is often impossible. However, there are a few steps that drivers can take to avoid these types of accidents. For example, drivers who are hauling cargo should make sure that their loads are secured by ropes, straps, and tie-downs. Covering cargo with tarps and avoiding overloading vehicles can also go a long way towards preventing accidents.

Using proper loading techniques is not the only way to prevent accidents, as the AAA study also found that around 37 percent of all car crashes involving road debris occurred when a driver unsuccessfully tried to swerve out of the way, causing a chain reaction of collisions. Refraining from tailgating, scanning the road consistently, and remaining vigilant at night can be instrumental in helping drivers avoid these kinds of crashes.

Call Our Legal Team Today

If you or a loved one were recently injured in an accident caused by the presence of road debris, please call experienced car accident attorney Charles Bryan Alred, PC at 918-745-9960 to learn more about collecting compensation for your losses. We are prepared to assist you immediately.