It is dangerous to drive on South Florida roads. However, there is something that is making driving on these roads a lot more difficult. Investigators have found that road debris accidents have increased by 60 percent within the past four years. Drivers are getting hurt in accidents by hitting the debris or swerving to avoid hitting them.
Survivor Says it is a Miracle
A south Florida resident knows first-hand what type of damage can be caused by road debris. She was 13-years and riding in her mom’s car when a metal rod went through the windshield. The rod ended up in her chest. It was three centimeters away from her heart. She was rushed to the hospital and had the rod surgically removed.
Her road to recovery was long and painful. Her father still has the rod that could have led to his daughter’s death. Her father calls his daughter’s survival a miracle.
It is a Growing Problem
Her accident occurred in 1998. Ever since that accident occurred, community leaders have been encouraging people to take action in order to make the roads safer for everyone. People are now able to call and report debris on the road. However, there is still a lot more that needs to be done.
Many people’s cars have been hit by crowbars and kayak paddles. She stated that her heart sinks every time that she hears about a road debris accident. She is reminded of what happened to her several years ago.
The Debris is Starting to Pile Up
There is a center in Broward County where the debris is stored. The road crews managed to find strollers, pieces of metal and shopping carts in just two days. It is estimated that there are 11,000 tons of road debris collected in Broward County every year.
How to Avoid Road Debris
There are a few things that you will need to do in order to avoid road debris. It is estimated that 40 percent of the accidents occur when someone tries to swerve to avoid the debris. It is better to hit the debris. If you run over the debris, then you should get off the road as soon as possible.
You should also make sure that your car is in good shape. This will make it easier for you to make a quick decision and avoid an accident.
Even though the accident occurred nearly two decades, Some residents have made it her duty to inform people about road debris. She also wants to let people know that objects should be tied down before you drive.