Omaha Dangerous Road Accident Lawyer
Not all motor vehicle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Some crashes are caused by road debris or dangerous roads. If you have been hurt in a wreck that occurred because of hazardous road conditions, contact an experienced Omaha car accident lawyer.
Debris in the road and other roadway hazards cause more accidents than you might suspect. Researchers found that, from 2011 through 2014, road debris was a factor in an estimated average of 50,658 police-reported traffic crashes per year, in a study conducted by AAA Foundation.
Debris-related accidents were approximately four times as likely to occur on interstates as crashes that did not involve debris. In a previous AAA Foundation study, researchers found that debris deposited on the roads by motor vehicles contributed to an estimated 25,000 crashes that killed 81 to 90 individuals in 2001.
Debris from any source, including vehicles, which can pose a significant safety hazard is road debris. A crash is considered debris-related when it involves a vehicle that:
- Strikes or is struck by an object that fell from another vehicle
- Strikes a non-fixed object in a travel lane of a roadway
- Crashes in an attempt to avoid a non-fixed object in the travel lane of a roadway
Debris and other hazards can make the roads more treacherous for motorists. Many accidents occur when drivers swerve or execute other maneuvers to avoid obstacles in the road. Debris and dangerous roads can cause you to crash when:
- A tire on a big rig blows out, flies loose, and whips into your vehicle
- A logging truck loses its load and logs go rolling down the highway
- Road construction workers create road debris or leave obstacles in your path
- Unsecured household items fall out of the open back of a pickup truck into the road
- Another driver swerves to avoid an obstacle in the road and hits you instead
- A large pothole starts a chain reaction, multi-vehicle pileup
- A large animal killed by another vehicle was left lying in the road
Road debris can appear in many forms, from roadkill to large commercial truck tire treads to furniture and mattresses that fall out of pickup trucks. Auto parts can become detached from vehicles and fall into the road. Trailers can become separated from cabs and hit other vehicles or land in the roadway. Truckers can lose loads that are improperly secured. Crash debris from a previous accident can cause other drivers to wreck.
A driver who dumps or drops an object in the road can be held liable for resulting accidents, although it may be difficult to recover damages from a driver who has left the scene. If improperly secured truck cargo fell into the road, causing a multi-vehicle collision, the trucker, trucking company, or party responsible for loading the cargo may be liable.
Our experienced Omaha hazardous road accident lawyer can investigate your debris-related crash to determine fault and liability and secure evidence to support your claim. We can assess the full extent of your damages, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the full compensation you deserve.
You need experienced legal representation after a serious motor vehicle accident. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we are compassionate listeners and effective litigators who have recovered millions for our clients. Contact us at (402) 505-8234.
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