Crashes and Other Injuries Caused by Road Debris

Fallen leaves on a car’s broken windshield.

Road debris is a hazard that is unpredictable for drivers. It can cause the driver who encounters it to crash, cause crashes in other ways, or get flung and cause serious or fatal injuries to bystanders. Determining who is liable for road debris accidents and injuries can be a difficult and complex process. Where did it come from? How long was it there? Who was responsible for removing it? If road debris played a role in your car crash or pedestrian injuries you need the help of an experienced car accident attorney.

Common Types if Road Debris

Road debris that is commonly involved in traffic accidents includes:

  • Fallen trees and branches
  • Garbage
  • Boxes
  • Car parts
  • Tarps
  • Tires and tire tread
  • Trailers that have detached
  • Construction materials
  • Tools and other equipment
  • Traffic cones and barrels
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses
  • Other furniture
  • Hay bales
  • Light posts
  • Downed power lines

Road Debris Accident Causes

Common causes of road debris accidents include:

  • Inadequately secured or uncovered load – whether on a commercial or passenger vehicle
  • Inadequate road maintenance – failure to remove road debris and obstacles in a timely manner
  • Driver negligence – failure to respond properly to road debris when conditions allow for it, commonly as a result of distracted driving or speeding

How Road Debris Can Cause Accidents and Injuries

There are many ways in which road debris can cause accidents and injuries. Both stationary and flying debris pose serious dangers to drivers and pedestrians. Road debris accidents can easily turn into multi-vehicle pileups. Examples of the ways in which road debris can cause crashes and injuries include:

  • Debris covers windshield of vehicle, suddenly obscuring driver’s vision
  • Debris is thrown through windshield
  • Debris crushes roof of vehicle
  • Road debris causes vehicle damage leading to an accident
  • Large debris struck by vehicle, sometimes involving multiple vehicles
  • Driver reacts to debris by braking suddenly or swerving, causing an accident
  • Flying debris hits pedestrian

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a result of road debris, you need the help of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney, to determine who is liable and pursue full compensation for your expenses and losses. If your road debris injuries occurred in New York or Florida, call McPhillips Fitzgerald & Cullum LLP, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.


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