What’s a road gator?

| Jun 10, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Tire debris can cause significant accidents at any time of the year. However, it tends to be most dangerous during the summer months when there is a greater number of vehicles traveling on Georgia highways. It may be possible to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident caused by what many refer to as “road gators.”

Why is tire debris referred to as a road gator?

When lying on the ground, a tire’s tread closely resembles the back of an alligator. Road gators are typically caused by tires that have shredded because they were not properly maintained. You may be able to prevent tire shredding by ensuring that your tires are adequately inflated, rotated frequently and inspected at least once a day for damage.

Keep your eyes on the road

It may be possible to avoid tire debris by keeping your eyes on the road at all times. Doing so can allow you to spot a shredded tire in your path and take evasive action to avoid a car accident in a timely manner. Even if you can’t avoid the obstacle entirely, it may be possible to reduce your speed prior to impact. This may prevent you from losing control of your car and causing a secondary collision.

If you’re involved in a crash caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A financial award might help you pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or replace items that were destroyed in the collision. An attorney may be able to use cellphone records, maintenance records or other evidence to prove that the wreck could have been avoided if the other driver was acting responsibly.