Who Is Liable if Road Debris Causes a Car Accident?

December 8, 2023
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Each time a driver heads out to go somewhere, there is the chance that they will get into an accident. The dangers come from their mistakes, other motorists sharing the roads, poor weather, and unexpected dangers like road debris. The latter can come out of nowhere, with little or no time to avoid a crash. According to the AAA, road debris accidents often happen on interstate highways. They cause more than 50,000 accidents annually.

The injured party might be able to hold the driver accountable if a witness saw the debris flying off another vehicle. In the best-case scenario, the person responsible for the fallen cargo would pull over, stop, and exchange their insurance information. Unfortunately, it is common for negligent drivers to leave the scene, whether or not they were aware of what happened. Video footage could show how the accident happened and help reveal the liable party. This can get complicated because some debris is considered avoidable.

Types of Road Debris That Can Cause Accidents

You have probably encountered large tire treads on the highway; these fall off and can be left on the side or in the middle of a lane. Here are some of the other most common culprits that can cause drivers to lose control:

  • Bicycles
  • Chunks of asphalt and concrete
  • Furniture, like chairs
  • Hay bales
  • Household appliances that have fallen off trucks
  • Orange road cones or road construction equipment that was not moved away
  • Trash thrown out of car and truck windows
  • Trees and tree limbs

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Represent Clients Injured in Road Debris Accidents

Determining liability and pursuing compensation in road debris accidents can be challenging, but our experienced West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. can help. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.