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Your Road
Debris Claim

Your Road
Debris Claim

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: car accident lawyer

There are times when road debris may cause serious damages to vehicles and injure drivers or pedestrians passing by. Perhaps you are driving down the road after hurricane Irma and suddenly, a tree falls on your vehicle or debris is flying at you. This is the typical scenario for many South Floridians during hurricane season. But how do you deal with this situation? And who is responsible for these damages? These are questions your Miami car accident attorney will be able to answer for you.

Common debris hazards

With an average of one vehicle accident a day caused by road debris, Florida is slowing becoming a junkyard, specially after so many storms and tornadoes have hit the area. There are many hazardous objects you will see out there such as garbage, tire treads, furniture, fallen road signs, etc. Even things that seem harmless such as boxes and clothes, may cause a dangerous crash because people tend to avoid them. Distracted drivers or drivers speeding or too close to another vehicle generally sustain severe injuries during these fatalities.

Who is liable for the damages?

The owner of the vehicle that causes road debris should be responsible for the damages. Every case is different so you should consult with your attorney and explain your circumstances before filing your claim. Some things to keep in mind regarding coverage include:

  • Collision coverage – This type of coverage may apply, even when you don’t know who is responsible for the accident.
  • Comprehensive insurance – Road debris that flies at you and hits your vehicle will be covered by your umbrella insurance.
  • Liability insurance – In cases where you are able to prove the damages and injuries sustained in the accident were caused by someone’s negligence, the driver’s liability insurance should provide you with compensation for your losses.
  • Uninsured motorist – This coverage is good if the responsible party left the accident scene and your were injured by the debris. Some drivers are unaware of the situation and just keep driving with debris falling off the vehicle. However, you will have to prove the debris caused the accident with the help of a Florida personal injury attorney. It’s important you call the police and report the debris but never attempt to retrieve debris on your own.

What can you do?

The first step is making sure everybody is alright. If someone has been hurt or badly injured, get prompt medical attention. Then, check your vehicle to see if you can drive and remove it from the street. If you feel it’s unsafe and it may cause more damages to your vehicle, then have your vehicle towed. If your vehicle has significant damages, file a police report and also seek medical assistance, in case of severe injuries. If you have cameras in your vehicle, save this information as it can serve as evidence and help your attorney when studying your case.

We can help you file your road debris claim and obtain full compensation for you losses. Contact us today and schedule your initial case evaluation.