What to Do if Debris Hits Your Car While Driving?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 30, 2023 Car Accidents

You are driving down the road when suddenly, a piece of debris comes out of nowhere and smacks into your car. Whether it is a rock, a tree branch, or an object from the bed of another vehicle, this type of unexpected incident is alarming. Your priority should be your safety. Keep control of your vehicle, and if necessary, pull over to a safe location. Once safely stopped, you may assess any damages, inspect safety concerns, and contact authorities. 

If your car was hit by debris from another vehicle, you may have legal recourse to pursue compensation from the driver and owner of the vehicle that caused this accident. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we have 65+ years of combined experience and can navigate the legal process for you while you recover. We know how to communicate with insurance companies and other relevant parties, so your best interests are protected every step of the way.  

6 Steps to Take if Debris Hits Your Car While Driving

When debris hits your car, it is essential to keep control of your vehicle and take these steps:

1. Assess the Damages

Put your hazard lights on to alert other drivers that you are dealing with an issue. Once you are safely pulled over, check your vehicle for damage. Look for dents, scratches, or any other signs of impact. Take photos if you can, as this documentation can be valuable when reporting the incident to your insurance company.

2. Gather Information and Evidence

While assessing for damage, pay attention to safety-related issues. Ensure your windshield, mirrors and lights are intact and functional. If possible, gather information about the incident, such as the location, the source of the debris, and any witness statements. 

3. Contact Authorities

Depending on the circumstances, consider reporting the incident to local law enforcement. If the debris came from another vehicle, providing the license plate number and a description of the other vehicle to the police is essential. 

4. Notify Your Insurance Company

Contact the insurance company to report the incident, as they may help you determine your comprehensive coverage. 

5. Seek Medical Attention

If the debris hitting your car caused a collision and resulted in injuries, seek medical attention right away. Even minor injuries may require medical evaluation. Medical records may strengthen your car accident claim and link the accident to your injuries. 

6. Consult a Car Accident Lawyer

In cases where you were injured as a result of debris from another vehicle or elsewhere, it may be advisable to consult a New York car accident lawyer to protect your rights and better understand your legal options. 

Accidents involving debris can be complex. Working with the lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC increases your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damages, and other losses. 

Who May Be Responsible for an Accident Caused by Debris?

If debris was left on the road by another driver or if unsecured cargo hit your car while you were en route, the opposing driver, through their insurance company, may be liable for damages. If the vehicle was a commercial vehicle, you may also seek a claim against the trucking company. In some cases, if the debris caused a collision with another driver, you may have a claim against multiple parties. 

A government entity also has a responsibility to maintain the roadways in a safe condition. Depending on the incident, if you are injured due to road debris, you may be eligible to seek a claim against the responsible party, including, for example, the New York Department of Transportation or other involved public or private entities. However, pursuing a car accident claim against the government can be complicated and requires the experienced guidance of a lawyer. 

The lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, will conduct an investigation on your behalf to determine which of one or multiple parties that may be responsible for your injuries and other damages from the accident. 

Speak With the Car Accident Lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Do not jeopardize your right to compensation due to someone else’s negligence by handling your claim on your own. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we know how to prove liability and damages by investigating the accident, securing evidence, and fiercely negotiating with insurance adjusters on your behalf. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources to fight for the favorable outcome you deserve. With our 65+ years of combined experience, we are always prepared to go to trial if an appropriate settlement cannot be reached. 

Speak with one of our award-winning lawyers by calling (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 or fill out our contact form.

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