Loose objects in cars can become dangerous projectiles in the event of a car accident, potentially causing serious injuries or fatalities. Consulting an auto accident attorney can help those who have been injured in a car accident obtain the compensation they deserve.
Experienced in personal injury claims involving auto accidents and loose objects in the car, the Salt Lake City, UT legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, are ready to help you in your time of need. Here, we take a moment to consider the dangers of loose objects in auto accidents and how you can protect yourself and your passengers.
Loose objects can pose a serious risk in auto accidents. This is because unsecured items don't stop when a car suddenly stops. Instead, loose objects will continue to move at the speed at which the vehicle was moving at the time of impact. This can cause ordinary objects, like cell phones, books, or full water bottles, to speed through a car and potentially hit passengers. When such items travel at high speeds, as seen in freeway accidents, a small item like a cell phone can have a painful, sometimes fatal, impact.
In addition to causing injury, loose objects themselves can cause car accidents. Loose items placed in the driver's side footwell can get stuck beneath the break pedal or gas pedal, preventing a driver from safely breaking or interfering with acceleration. Improperly designed floor mats can also become lodged beneath a break pedal, potentially causing a wrongful death accident.
Loose objects can also lead to distracted driving car crashes. For example, a bag stored on the front passenger seat may fall and spill, causing a driving to take his or her attention off the road.
Taking the time to secure or store loose objects safely can help protect yourself and your passengers from projectile objects in the event of a car crash.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the car accident attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you secure compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your legal options, please contact our firm to schedule a consultation.