Imagine yourself driving down the road when suddenly a large piece of debris kicked up by the car in front of you comes hurtling toward your windshield. In this case, there are likely only two options. The first option is to swerve out of the path of the oncoming debris to avoid being hit. However, in doing so, you risk jeopardizing your life or the lives of fellow motorists around you through such evasive actions. The other option is to have the debris hit your car and, in some cases, this results in injury or death to the motorist or passengers.
The scenario just described is not rare or unique. In fact, it happens every day on our nation’s roadways. According to a new study conducted by the American Automobile Association, more than 200,000 crashes in the past four years have been caused by debris on the road. This has resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and “more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014,” thirty-seven percent of which were caused by drivers swerving to avoid hitting an object (AAA).
Most of this debris on the road can be traced to drivers not properly fastening their loads before setting out on the road. In fact, according to the AAA study, “about two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads” (AAA). This has led the AAA to call upon drivers to exercise more caution and to ensure that any materials are safely and securely fastened on vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured in car, truck or motorcycle accident due to events stemming from debris falling from another vehicle or the failure of responsible agencies to remove known safety hazards on a Iowa roadway, contact the Davenport, Iowa Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, PC for help. Our personal injury team will fight for the rights of those injured through the negligence of others in order to get the compensation you need.
Source: AAA, “American Drivers Aren’t Securing Their Loads on the Road”, by Tamra Johnson, accessed August 17, 2016.