Florida Car Accidents Caused by More than Bad Driving

June 15, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on June 15, 2009 11:18 AM | | Comments (0)

Injuries from auto accidents in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County have been well documented on this site and can also be found strewn across the headlines on a daily basis. However, car accident injuries are not always caused by careless or reckless drivers running stoplights, failing to check their mirrors, or any of the numerous other negligent acts seen upon South Florida roads all too often. Rather, South Florida residents also need to be aware of a danger posed by vehicles that is often created before the car or truck hits the road; that is, the danger of unsecured or improperly secured loads and equipment and the projectiles they become on South Florida highways.

It is not uncommon to see debris upon the roadways--everything from couch pillows to scrap metal. Much of the larger debris is the result of improperly secured loads on flat-bed tractor-trailers or pickup trucks. Other debris littered upon our roads is from vehicle equipment lost from vehicles while driving, garbage tossed from cars, and other illegal dumping. This debris is so dangerous because it can smash through windows, cause the driver to take emergency evasive maneuvers, and flatten tires or cause other vehicular damages. The accidents caused by flying debris and roadway debris are often more severe because drivers are often unable to anticipate the debris in time to safely avoid it.

Just recently, a large metal gate flew off of a trailer and smashed in to the windshield of a car traveling in Dania Beach, Florida. According to reports, the driver of car survived the accident with only minor scratches to his head and arms. Luckily, the driver's eyes were protected from the flying glass by they sunglasses he was wearing at the time. The driver of the truck pulling the trailer was cited for failing to properly secure his load.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recognized the danger of road debris and the resultant auto accidents and injuries and developed a report on the causes and results of such debris. The Foundation estimated that there were 25,217 crashes in the United States directly related to road debris. Of those crashes, 8,012 involved injury to the occupants and 76 were fatal.

It is important to be aware of the danger of debris upon the roadways of South Florida so that you may be able to avoid it if possible. However, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by road debris, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney to make sure your rights are being protected and a proper investigation into who is responsible is being conducted.

Gabriel Mejia is a Coral Springs personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A.

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