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What Can I Do if Road Debris Leads to an Accident?

Road debris can come from a variety of sources: tree branches, leftover construction materials, and even roadkill. Many motorists do not realize the hazards that road debris causes on roadways.

On average, road debris contributes to roughly 50,000 police-reported crashes, 9,800 injuries, and 125 deaths each year. These accidents were completely preventable with proper road and highway maintenance. But who is responsible for accidents caused by road debris?

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by road debris, the Clearwater car accident lawyers at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are here to assist you in recovering your losses.

Road Debris in the Tampa Bay Area

Road debris is a major cause of vehicular accidents in Florida. When you are driving in the Tampa Bay area, you may come across the following forms of debris:

Consequences of Road Debris

Whether you are on the highway and drive over road debris or have a projectile hit your windshield, your vehicle is likely to sustain damage. Debris can result in the following damage to your vehicle:

Notwithstanding damage to your car, if you attempt to swerve to avoid debris, you could potentially crash. This could result in any of the following injuries:

Recovering for Your Injuries and Vehicle Damage

It is often impossible to determine the source of road debris. Albeit, if you suffered an injury or your vehicle was damaged due to debris, the following forms of insurance may cover your losses:

Collision Coverage

If you hit an object and it causes damage to your car, collision coverage may cover the cost of repairing your vehicle. If your vehicle is totaled, collision coverage will cover the cost of replacing it. Collision coverage applies regardless of fault.

Comprehensive Coverage

If your vehicle is damaged from flying debris or if you hit an animal, comprehensive coverage will cover the cost of repairing your vehicle.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

If a poorly secured load or sheet of ice flies off someone’s vehicle and cracks your windshield, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may apply. Many times, a driver will not realize what happened. This coverage also applies to hit-and-run accidents.

Accident Caused by Road Debris? Contact our Clearwater Car Accident Lawyers Today

We cannot control the dangers we face on the road. If your car is damaged due to debris or if you have suffered injuries, do not hesitate to reach out.

The Clearwater car accident lawyers at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos have experience negotiating with insurance companies and are ready to advocate for you. To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or by calling 727-441-9030.