Many of us are aware of the dangers on the road from construction zones, poor weather conditions, and distracted/impaired drivers, but what about road debris? According to a study from AAA, over 200,000 crashes happened in a three year period due to debris on the road. These types of accidents have increased over 40% in the last 15 years. Most often, these accidents occur from tire blowouts and objects flying off/out of cars. These accidents can cause serious injury and, in extreme cases, death.
These types of road accidents are also extremely preventable. What can you do to keep yourself and others safe from road debris accidents? One step is make sure that if you’re hauling something, it’s secure, either by a strong trailer hitch or from the correct ropes/belts. Leave space on the road if other cars are hauling heavy, dangerous, and or/precariously packed objects. If necessary, when hauling heavy and potentially dangerous loads, drive slowly and put on your hazard lights.
Additionally, if you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence when items from their car fly out and hit you on the road, causing an accident, it may be time to seek legal action. Attorney Douglas Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area lawyer who is skilled in handling car accident cases in central and western Pennsylvania. Call his law firm at 814-946-4100 for more information regarding your potential legal claim.
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