Properly constructed and maintained roads are essential for safe driving. When streets and highways lack important safety features, the dangers involved in driving are increased. When road defects are present, even the most cautious and experienced drivers can end up in serious accidents. Municipal and state agencies are legally responsible for ensuring roads have all necessary safety features and are defects-free. When a road defect is the root cause of an accident, the town responsible should be found liable in court. This includes accidents involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Because streets and highways are not always properly maintained, it is always important to document hazardous defects that may have contributed to your accident. Some of the most dangers of road defects include:
Lack of Signs
Road signs are responsible for directing traffic flow and alerting drivers to upcoming hazards. When vital signs are absent, drivers will likely be caught off guard and either swerve or brake quickly. This often results in accidents, which can be severe and leave victims with devastating injuries.
Lack of Guardrails
Defective guardrails or a lack of guardrails altogether can be incredibly dangerous for drivers. Guardrails are put in place to prevent vehicles from crossing over into head-on traffic or rolling off a steep edge next to the road. When these devices are absent, accidents and injuries can be extensive.
When a road is unevenly paved, there is potential for puddles to form and hinder safe driving conditions. Puddles or larger areas of pooling water may cause a car to hydroplane and crash. The build-up of water on a road also presents the danger of splashing, making it difficult for drivers to see where they are going.
Potholes pose a severe threat on the road. These defects can cause serious damage to tires and car axles, making controlling the vehicle very difficult. Driving over a large pothole can send a car spinning, likely resulting in an accident. Accidents may also occur when drivers have to swerve to avoid potholes.
Contact a Road Defects Attorney
You may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured in an accident caused by a road defect. The attorneys at Abel Law Firm are prepared to help you through your case and will stop at nothing to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve. Contact our offices today by calling (405) 239-7046.