Public roads can become hazardous when road debris is present. Road debris can cause a driver to lose control of his/her vehicle and contribute to serious injuries. If items are particularly large, like trees and boulders, it can make a driver slam on their brakes or change lanes, increasing the risk of a collision. The highways of Western North Carolina are susceptible to falling rocks and mudslides, which are also very dangerous. When an accident occurs because of road debris, the first question that usually comes to mind is who’s at fault? The government can be usually responsible for the cleanup of road debris. They will periodically clean the shoulders and remove large items from the road. Because of this, it is very difficult to establish liability. The only way to do so is to establish that the government knew about the road debris and failed to clean it up within a reasonable amount of time. Governmental immunity can provide an additional defense. It must also be proven that the debris was the catalyst for the accident. This requires showing that the accident would not have happened if the debris had been removed. Suing a government agency can be very difficult. You need a law firm with experience in claims against the government. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by road debris, contact the personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. We can assist you with gathering the necessary evidence and prosecuting your claim. Call today for a free case evaluation, 828.505.4300. We proudly serve the communities of Western North Carolina including Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, Morganton, Hickory, Waynesville and Marion.