It can cause great alarm to come upon debris on the highway in California. Anything from furniture and trash, to roadkill and industrial equipment, can put your safety at risk.
Knowing how to respond if you notice an obstruction in the roadway can help you act with confidence and control.
Give yourself space
One of the wisest decisions you can make is to avoid any behaviors that will distract you from driving. Operating your phone, eating, talking with passengers and even getting too into your music may prevent you from recognizing a hazard until it is too late.
When you stay alert, your chances of noticing a problem and responding appropriately will increase. If you see a vehicle losing its load, gently apply your brakes and switch to another lane as soon as you can. If you do not have enough time to move out of the way, slow as much as possible to minimize your impact.
Report the issue
Whether or not you hit the debris, your effort to report the incident can hopefully protect other motorists from crashing into it and getting hurt. According to the California Highway Patrol, immediately notifying local authorities is one of the first things you should do.
If you have suffered a life-altering injury because of another driver’s negligence in securing their load, you may choose to take legal action. You do not deserve to deal with the traumatic aftermath of an avoidable collision. Working with a legal professional may provide you with the tools you need to present your case in a manner that advocates your rights.