Most insurance companies consider road hazards to be anything that is either on or in the road that poses a danger for automobile accidents. These hazards can range from an animal running across the road to a nail, pothole, debris on the road, oil, or any number of other foreign objects that end up on the road and that pose a threat that you could hit or that could hit you.
Of course, there are plenty of other types of road hazards. For example, poor visibility, slick roads, and drivers who are operating a vehicle while impaired can all create driving conditions that are very dangerous. Similarly, a distracted or aggressive driver can also pose a significant hazard for other drivers on the road. Car accidents in Alabama can result from many things, some might be avoidable, but there are also many hazards that are not always avoidable. An alert and attentive driver can certainly help prevent many of these accidents, but even the best driver can be susceptible to an accident from the most common road hazards in Alabama.
Road debris can often be attributed to people moving various items that are not properly secured in or on their vehicle. Whether the load doesn’t have straps designed to hold the weight of the items being moved or a tailgate that is left open allows items to slip out onto the road, the debris left behind can pose a hazard for other drivers. It’s important to move items safely, ensuring that they are properly restrained and that trees, household furnishings, or other items will remain safely on the vehicle.
Other common threats resulting in accidents caused by road hazards are drivers who are going too fast, as well as those who follow too closely behind another vehicle. This type of aggressive driving leaves no room for you to react when you come upon debris in the road. If you’re going too fast, you reduce the amount of time you have to react once you spot road debris. And, if you’re tailgating or following someone too closely, the driver in front of you might suddenly swerve to avoid road debris, leaving you no time to react.
Weather can also play a role in auto accidents. Roads that are wet or slippery can make it hard to stop quickly. Additionally, snow, ice, or even hydroplaning can leave a driver unable to maintain control of their vehicle. Drivers should always take road conditions and visibility in mind when operating a vehicle. Slow down to accommodate the conditions and avoid driving during bad weather, if possible.