A recent national evening news piece told the story of a woman who videoed a piece of wood as it flew through her windshield. She had been traveling down a highway, caught behind two semi-trucks traveling parallel to each other on the road, not allowing other drivers to pass. In frustration, she took out her phone to capture the incident with her camera and obtain truck identification information. Suddenly, an unsecured piece of lumber flew from one of the truck beds and crashed through her windshield. Fortunately, the driver was not injured. Others, however, are not always so lucky.
Unsecured objects projecting from vehicles, semi-truck tire tread, sharp metal objects, and other roadside junk can be extremely dangerous, causing a Chicago car crash. Following outlines the parties who might be liable in for a car accident caused by flying debris:
- Drivers have a responsibility to secure loose or protruding objects such as luggage on a rack, lumber or metal poles protruding from the truck bed, or equipment such as a bike or lawn mower.
- Road crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are responsible for cleaning up roadkill and picking up hazardous materials on the roadway. IDOT may be liable for resulting injuries if dangerous garbage is not cleaned up in a timely manner.
- Passengers in another car or pedestrians on an overpass or bridge can cause a severe accident by throwing objects at passing vehicles. These third parties can be held liable for their negligent acts.
If you have seriously injured in a car accident due to the negligent or careless acts of another, contact a Chicago car crash lawyer at Lane & Lane. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will look at every detail of your case and help you to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Give us a call today at 312-332-1400 to schedule your free consultation.