Avondale Road Debris Accident Lawyers
Some motor vehicle accidents are caused by roadway hazards, not by driver error. Common road hazards include potholes, standing water, missing guardrails, shoulder edge drop-offs, and construction zones. Road debris is a serious hazard that causes an estimated average of 50,658 police-reported crashes annually, resulting in 9,805 injuries and 125 fatalities, according to AAA. If you have been injured in a road debris wreck, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced Avondale road debris accident attorney.
Road debris is any hazard on the roadway, and it can come from many different sources. Examples of road debris include:
- Wreckage from a previous car accident
- Mufflers, fenders, and other broken auto parts
- Litter thrown out by motorists
- Pieces of blown out car or truck tires
- Equipment, appliances, or furniture that have fallen off vehicles
- Road construction equipment or materials
- Trailers that have come unhitched
- Dead animals killed by motor vehicles (roadkill)
- Tree limbs and other natural debris
- Fence parts, garbage cans, mailboxes, and other items from nearby yards
- Liquid or oil spills
- Broken road fixtures, such as signs, guardrails, lights, and traffic signals
- Cargo spills from commercial trucks
Establishing liability for a road debris accident can be complicated. Potentially liable parties may include the city (if road quality or design caused the crash), a trucking company (if truck cargo fell on the road), or an individual driver. Although any driver whose cargo fell on the roadway, causing an accident, can be held liable for resulting damages, it may be difficult to prove where the obstacle came from when the at-fault driver has left the scene and cannot be identified. When multiple vehicles are involved, multiple insurance companies will be trying to assign blame elsewhere.
After a serious road debris accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, damages you may be entitled to claim may include medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our Avondale personal injury lawyers can assess the full extent of your damages – past, present, and future.
Your first priority after a road debris accident is to get emergency medical attention if necessary and report the accident to the police. If you are able after the crash, take pictures of the accident scene from different angles. Make sure to get clear shots of the damage to your vehicle and any others involved, the debris that caused your crash, your vehicle’s relative position to the obstacle in the road, and any skid marks or accident debris, such as broken glass. Get contact information for any eyewitnesses to the wreck. If you did not call for an ambulance, see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you believe your injuries are minor. Finally, call an experienced Avondale car accident attorney.
The Husband & Wife Law Team have been named Top Lawyers by North Valley Magazine. Mark Breyer is a board-certified specialist in personal injury law. We settle or win 98% of our cases. If you have been injured in a crash caused by road debris, we can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability and aggressively pursue a fair settlement.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. Call us today at (623) 930-8064 to schedule a free consultation.
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