GA Road Debris Attorney
November 30, 2020
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Mattresses, coolers, refrigerators, grills, chairs, barrels, pallets — have you ever seen objects like these littering the road and wondered how they got there?While there may be other plausible explanations, one of the most common is that the items were not properly secured and fell from a vehicle. Debris that falls from a commercial or non-commercial vehicle can cause serious injuries or fatalities to unsuspecting motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. If you or someone you love has been hurt in such an accident, or if you have lost a family member in one, it is important to contact a Georgia road debris wreck lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at the Mann Law Firm can help by reviewing your circumstances and discussing all available legal options. Call us at 478-742-3381 or fill out our online form. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville, and other Georgia communities.
We would like to meet with you to discuss your case, and we are proud to offer free initial consultations.Imagine heading down the highway, thinking about what’s for dinner, when all of a sudden you are forced to make a split-second decision to avoid something tumbling out of the pick-up truck in front of you. Even if you successfully manage to miss the item, the maneuvering may cause you to lose control of your car or to run into another vehicle. In some instances, there is no chance to get out of the way. The debris drops without warning, shattering a car’s windshield and injuring or killing the people inside. At 55 miles per hour, an object weighing just 20 pounds that falls from a vehicle strikes with the impact of half a ton. These accidents occur more often than you might think. Using data collected in 2010 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Government Accountability Office estimated roadway debris caused about 440 fatalities and 10,000 injuries in more than 51,000 incidents that year. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that road debris played a role in more than 200,000 crashes from 2011 to 2014, killing more than 500 people and injuring another 39,000. These numbers represent a 40 percent increase since AAA’s last study in 2001. It happened to a woman in Seattle who was nearly decapitated and permanently blinded when an unsecured 40-pound board fell from an open trailer traveling in front of her Jeep, smashing her windshield. It happened to a man in Phoenix who was killed when an unsecured piece of scrap metal escaped from a truck hauling a load of junk, breaking his windshield and impaling his heart. Stories like these have led states to pass laws that make it illegal to drive with unsecured loads. Although all 50 states now have such laws, only 16 currently impose jail time as a possible punishment, and only 11 levy fines of more than $500.
Here in Georgia, the potential penalty includes up to $5,000 or up to 12 months in prison.On the roof of a car, in the bed of a truck, in a trailer being hauled – wherever objects are being transported, they should be tied down, no matter how far the motorist is going or how fast. To protect yourself while driving, allow room to react by not tailgating and leaving space on one side of your car in case you need to move over quickly. Make it a habit to continually search the road ahead for debris, and if you see you are about to hit something, reduce your speed as much as possible.