The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about their efforts to keep motorists safe from rockfall incidents. While the occasional small rock along the side of a highway near a hill or mountainside isn’t necessarily a big deal, debris and larger rocks in the roadway can cause major safety hazards for motorists. Rockslides and other major rockfall incidents can also cause real-time danger and serious traffic disruptions to roadway users, so Caltrans is currently enhancing their efforts to minimize and mitigate these roadside risks.
Removing Loose Rocks to Improve Highway Safety
At this time, teams are working on various roadways throughout the state to remove loose rocks before they get a chance to slide down into the roadway. This involves crews manually rock scaling and tree and maintenance crews working with hand tools to dislodge potentially questionable rocks. Additionally, they may also remove some vegetation while they’re at it. These crews coordinate with traffic control vehicles to make sure motorists are a safe distance away from all the work that’s being done.
Roadway Debris and Other Hazards
Rocks aren’t the only type of roadway debris that can cause hazards to motorists in California. Loose cargo from trucks, garbage and construction debris can all pose a risk to drivers. Keeping roadways free and clear of debris is an essential part of highway safety. If there are hazards in the road, motorists may be forced to stop suddenly or drive defensively to avoid a crash. Even small items can cause big problems on roads and highways.
After a Car Accident Caused by Debris in The Road
Removing loose rocks is just one of the ways that Caltrans is hoping to improve roadway safety for motorists across the State of California. After any kind of car accident caused by fallen rocks or road debris, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.