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The dangers associated with flying debris on California roadways

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff |

It doesn’t matter much what time of day it is; there’s often a lot of traffic on California’s roadways. There are people traveling back-and-forth to work, delivery persons dropping off food or merchandise, residents moving their belongings and sanitation trucks and contractors commuting between worksites.

It’s not uncommon for these people not to correctly secure their belongings in their vehicles, thus leaving them vulnerable to flying off and striking someone. 

How often do objects fly off vehicles?

Data compiled by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) shows they spent at least $62 million collecting more than 155,000 cubic yards worth of debris from the state’s roads in 2013. 

Many motorists only see what’s left of these objects after they fall off a vehicle as they’re traveling down the interstate. Most drivers aren’t aware of the havoc these appliances, building materials, mattresses or furniture cause when they initially become dislodged. They may end up flying into a nearby motorist’s windshield, causing them blunt force trauma or suddenly disable a vehicle in moving traffic, thus leaving them vulnerable to being struck.

These are only two potentially deadly outcomes that may occur in such instances. 

What can you do if someone’s negligence results in you getting hurt?

When a truck’s dropped load or flying debris from an improperly secured load causes a wreck, injury victims have the right to seek fair compensation for their losses. A personal injury attorney can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

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