Each year road departure crashes account for more than half of the highway fatalities in the United States. This type of crash is defined as one in which a vehicle crosses an edge line, a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled roadway.
According to the Federal Highway Administration three types of road departure crashes account for more than 70% of all road departure fatal crashes:
There are several strategies that when enacted will reduce the number and severity of road-departure crashes, including:
Since these types of accidents tend to be more serious and result in critical or fatal injuries, it is crucial to find an experienced injury lawyer to handle an insurance claim. Even in cases where at first glance an accident seems to be the fault of the driver, there are often other parties that have contributed to the collision and who are potential sources of financial settlement. For example, when someone is hurt in a road-departure crash into a tree, an injury lawyer can assess whether a faulty road design or maintenance issue contributed to the crash.