Common Objects that Cause Windshield Breakage on the Highway

Your car’s windshield has a major chip or crack from debris on the highway. In turn, this causes an obstruction and you are involved in a major accident. Who’s at fault? What are your rights? In addition to knowing what you should do, if you or your vehicle suffers any for of damage because of debris or items on the highway, you need to have a law firm on your side to represent you. Find out why the right firm will not only work to ensure you are compensated, but also that you aren’t found to be at fault, if the obstruction, crack, or chip which caused the accident, wasn’t your fault.

Small items –
Yes, something as small as a pebble or rock can cause major damage to your windshield on the highway. Due to the high speeds, and these items flying at your car at extremely high speeds, even a small object can do major damage with enough force. Road debris, small rocks from road construction, and small items which are hard or abrasive in nature, are all responsible for major damage to car windshields. So make sure you are always on the lookout for these items when on the road.

Trash or liter –
Items littered onto the highway can cause damage or cracks. From food wrappers (with heavy items left in them) to trash falling out of a dumpster truck, these items tend to cause damage to windshields as well. Add in the fact that you might go over a huge bump or divot in the road, and that small crack can instantly become a major crack or break. So when driving, it is important to avoid trash, large objects, or items which are loose (such as trash or debris from dumpster trucks).

Luggage or furniture –
If you’ve ever seen a sofa or dining room table on the side of the highway, you are probably aware of how much damage these large items can do to your car. And yes, they do fall off pick up trucks or other moving trucks on the highway. Not only do these large items tend to cause breaks or cracks to the windshield of your car, they can lead to major accidents depending on the speed they fall out of a truck, and the traffic which follows. So if at all possible, do not stay behind items which have a load in the back, and if you have to, make sure you maintain a safe driving speed and distance away from the truck, to give yourself enough time to stop and prevent or minimize the damage which might ensue.

Sometimes you can avoid the damage, but in some instances, especially on the highway with such high speeds, it is impossible for you to do so. For this reason, one has to know the dangers, know how to spot them, and make sure they are extremely careful each time they get behind the wheel, in order to avoid the damage, breaks, and other possible issues which can occur from something as small as a pebble on the road.