When considering environmental factors as a cause for car accidents, we generally think of icy roads or heavy rain. However, a news story in Union Parish, Louisiana reminds us that excessive mud can be dangerous as well.
The cause for this specific muddy situation is because of logging trucks, which drop mud on the roads while they transport their cargo. State officials fear that residual mud will pose a danger to drivers, especially when mixed with the heavy rain over that past few weeks.
If a vehicle causes a situation that clogs up traffic or poses a danger to other drivers because of dropped cargo or other road debris, including mud or dirt, then the driver of the vehicle could find himself or herself in trouble with the law.
Louisiana Protects Drivers from Road Debris Caused by Businesses
A Louisiana statute makes it illegal to obstruct highways or roadways with mud or dirt. Statute 30:2531.1 prohibits any sort of gross littering. In addition to this statute, state regulations exist that deal specifically with unsecure loads. Dirt, sand and gravel fall under the “loose material” section of our state’s unsecure load law.
If excessive mud, or other debris, causes your injuries, then the truck driver, trucking company and the company in charge of loading the cargo could be at fault for your injuries.
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