Car Accidents Caused by Road Debris
Car accidents frequently result in property damage, personal injuries, and financial losses. It is important to determine who is at-fault for a collision so that they can be held liable for related damages. When a driver makes an error that leads to a car accident, establishing liability can be straightforward. But what happens when an accident is caused by debris?
Car accidents caused by road debris can cause just as much damage as any other type of crash, but liability may not be as clear-cut. Car accident lawyers at Moody Law work with accident victims in Lakeland, FL, Winter Haven, FL, and surrounding areas to recreate the details of an accident involving road debris, so that liable parties can be held accountable for resulting losses.
Dangers of Road Debris
Road debris refers to objects or materials that do not belong on the roadway. Road debris may include cargo from other vehicles, tire tread, pieces of metal from a previous car accident, or trash deliberately left in the road. Regardless of how large or small road debris may be, it can create a hazard for drivers.
An obvious danger of road debris is that it can strike a vehicle directly, or a vehicle can run into the debris. But even if a driver manages to avoid road debris, it can lead to a collision. Oftentimes drivers swerve to avoid debris and end up veering into another lane of traffic, which can then lead to an accident between two (or more) vehicles.
Who Is Responsible for Accidents Caused by Road Debris?
It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for an accident caused by road debris. It is important to establish where the debris came from, whether someone was aware the debris was in the roadway, and who is responsible for maintaining the road where the accident occurred. To sort out the details of a collision, so that liability can be established, it is a good idea for accident victims to work with a car accident lawyer.
The lawyers at our Lakeland law firm work with experts in the field to recreate the details of an accident involving road debris. Depending on how the debris ended up in the road, who left it there, how long it was there, etc., accident liability may be assigned to one or more of the following parties:
- The person or party who purposefully dumped debris in the road
- A driver or trucking company who failed to properly load their cargo (causing it to fall into the road)
- The person or party who failed to clear the debris, i.e., the driver who left the debris or the party responsible for cleaning and maintaining the roadway
Contact Moody Law
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by road debris, you may be due financial compensation for collision damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To discuss the details of your case with the car accident lawyers at Moody Law, contact our law firm online or call (863) 284-9090.