Accidents caused by road debris are on the rise, according to a recent study released by the AAA Foundation. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable, but it is up to the driver to properly secure their load before departing on their trip.
As a driver, you can take steps to decrease your chances of causing an accident by road debris.
First of all, maintain your vehicle. Your vehicle should be regularly checked by trained mechanics. Tires that are badly worn, underinflated or overinflated can suffer blowouts, leaving pieces of tire across the roads. Of course, it can be difficult to regain control of your vehicle during a blowout as well, which increases your chance at an accident.
Secondly, Parts of your exhaust systems and hardware attached to your vehicle can rust and corrode. Parts of mufflers and other parts can drag on the pavement and possibly break free. These problems can be avoided with the help of trained mechanics and regular inspections. Make sure you address any issues that arise before they cause problems.
Lastly, whenever moving or towing furniture, all items must be properly secured. To properly secure a load, make sure all items are properly tied down with rope, netting or straps. Large objects should be tied directly to a vehicle or trailer. Make sure to cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting and try not to overload the vehicle. Before departing, make sure to double-check the items to make sure they are secure.
In Oregon, being responsible for debris that falls onto a roadway could cost you in fines. It is your responsibility to make sure what you are towing is secure.
If you or a loved one has been injured by roadway debris, you may want to consider filing for damages. Call our office today for your free consultation.