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How to Avoid Debris in the Road

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 9, 2020 2:15:00 PM

Road Hazard_imageHundreds of thousands of crashes happen because of debris in the road, however, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a debris-related crash. Take a look at these driving tips for dealing with objects in the road. How you react to these unexpected obstacles can make the difference between a simple swerve and serious injury.

A Few Facts About Road Debris

About one-third of accidents that occur because of road debris happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is because these prime daylight hours are when most people take to the roads to haul junk, furniture, or heavy equipment. More people and more potentially loose cargo equals more rubble on the streets.

Swerving causes one in three of the deaths related to road debris. A sudden overcorrection can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, which can lead to serious injury or worse. Most driving tips advise a more judicious reaction.

You are much more likely to experience a debris-related crash on the interstate than on residential roads. This is because higher speeds increase the risk of parts or cargo falling off a vehicle. Higher speeds also equate to a decrease in reaction time.


Driving Tips to Avoid Road Debris

  • Be aware of the time of day. Dawn and dusk hours mean lower visibility, as well as an increase in animals who want to cross the road.
  • Maintain an awareness of the space around your vehicle. Maintain an open space to one side of your vehicle whenever you are able. This way, if you must swerve to avoid debris, you have a safe place to direct your car into.
  • Never tailgate! Keep your car three to four seconds of stopping distance behind the vehicle in front of you. This will provide you with ample reaction time should you encounter debris, or should debris fly off the vehicle you are following.
  • Scan the road between 12 and 15 seconds in front of you for possible obstacles so you have the chance to avoid them.
  • If you see you are about to hit a piece of debris, slow down as much as you are able. This will help you maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Do not contribute to road debris. Maintain your vehicle and schedule regular inspections with your mechanic to prevent parts from falling off. Keep your tires inflated to proper levels to minimize blowouts that can both be inconvenient and dangerous for you, and leave debris on the road.

Road Debris Damage? Steven A. Bagen & Associates Can Help

If you have sustained damage or injuries from road debris, you may be entitled to compensation. Steven A. Bagen & Associates can advise you on your rights under the law and help you find the next steps.

Personal Injury Lawyer Steven Bagen Gainesville Ocala Florida

Topics: Car Accidents, Tips