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Auto Accidents Involving Loose Objects

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on October 24, 2017

The crumpled front end of a truck after an auto accidentThe chances are good that most people have at least one or two loose, unsecured objects in their cars or trucks at any given time. These objects may be relatively small, such as coins or cell phones, or much larger, such as laptop computers or briefcases. Whatever the event, these loose objects can become remarkably dangerous when drivers are involved in auto accidents, and in some cases, they can even cause auto accidents.

If you are reading this blog post and you have not been involved in an auto accident, we hope that you will take this opportunity to secure all loose objects in your vehicle when you are driving from now on, both for your safety and the safety of your passengers. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident involving loose objects, or if you have lost a family member in such an accident, the personal injury attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau can provide you with the superior legal representation you need. When it comes to handling cases involving auto accidents and loose objects, our DeLand, FL lawyers have the resources, skills, and experience to litigate even the most complex claims successfully.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau to arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case today.

Auto Accidents Caused by Loose Objects

Loose objects in vehicles can be a terrible distraction to drivers. Unfortunately, many drivers place loose objects such as CD cases, compacts, cell phones, and wallets on their dashboards and in their center consoles where they can easily become jarred and fall onto the driver’s lap or at his or her feet. At this point, the driver’s attention will be diverted to the loose object and away from the road, increasing the risk of an accident.

Many drivers place loose objects between their legs when they drive, whether house keys, cell phones, of cups of coffee. These objects can be inherently distracting even when they remain in place, but when they become dislodged, they can become highly distracting.

Of course, any loose object that lands at the driver’s feet runs the risk of getting caught beneath the brake or gas pedal, which could lead to a catastrophic accident.

Injuries Caused by Loose Objects

Regardless of who is at fault for an auto accident, a loose object can become a dangerous and potentially deadly projectile when it becomes airborne during an accident. Even an object as small and seemingly innocent as a penny can have the force of a bullet if it is launched at rapid enough speed at someone’s head. Larger unsecured objects can cause traumatic brain and head injuries and even death if they strike a person. For this reason, it is important to ensure that all loose objects are either secured safely in the trunk of a vehicle or in the glove compartment before driving.

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