Road debris can pose a real threat to the safety of drivers.
We have all probably seen or been affected by road debris as we have been driving. Road debris may come in the form of rocks been launched by the tires of another vehicle, items in the roadway, or even items falling from another vehicle. Especially if these items are particularly large, forcing drivers to brake or change lanes suddenly, they increase the risk of a collision.
In some cases, road debris may only cause minor damage to a driver’s car. Other times, an object may present such a distraction that an accident occurs. And while it is hard to prevent accidents that result from a sudden occurrence, it is important to exercise caution if you notice road debris up ahead.
Who is Responsible?
Typically the government attends to road debris by cleaning up the roads from time to time and responding to remove large items that have been reported. It is generally hard to hold the government liable for the presence of debris on the road. You would need to establish that the government had knowledge of the debris and failed to respond within a reasonable amount of time. A defense may also come in the form of governmental immunity.
While it can be very difficult to identify who is responsible for the presence of road debris, in certain instances you may be able to identify the individual responsible. If debris is seen falling off of a vehicle, you may be able to pursue a negligence claim.
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a St. Louis car accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. For over 15 years we have been helping car accident victims in Missouri recover financially after auto accidents. We can evaluate your case for free and help you to build a strong case.
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