The Most Common Road Defects
Properly constructed and maintained roads are essential for facilitating safe driving conditions; many people expect a certain standard to be met. The unfortunate truth is that even the most careful and experienced drivers can end up in serious crashes because of dangerous road defects. When negligent municipalities do not follow the proper protocol of maintaining roadways, the results can be devastating. Because roads are not always safely maintained, it is important to keep an eye out for hazardous defects. Some of the most common and dangerous road defects include:
Potholes are capable of causing serious damage to tires. When a tire quickly loses air or an axle bends, the driver will have great difficulty controlling the car. This is especially true when the car is traveling at a high speed. Hitting a pothole can send a car spinning or swerving, which can result in serious accidents. If others around you go to avoid a pothole unexpectedly, there may be dangerous consequences as well.
Lack of Signs
When construction sites or other road hazards are not properly marked, drivers are unable to prepare for what they may encounter. Drivers who are not given warning of an upcoming hazard are likely to be caught off guard. This may result in the car crashing into the road hazards, or swerving to avoid the hazard and subsequently causing an accident with another vehicle.
Lack of Guardrails
Malfunctioning or a total lack of guardrails can be incredibly dangerous for drivers. Guardrails are intended to lessen the damage of an initial accident by preventing a car from crossing into head-on traffic or rolling off a steep edge. If guardrails are not present in locations where they should be, the damage from accidents can be extensive and leave victims with serious injuries.
Water should not accumulate on a roadway to the extent where it forms a puddle that poses a threat to drivers. When large puddles form, serious accidents are very likely to occur.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a road defect, you may be in the position to fight for compensation. The lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier understand your frustration and will do everything in their power to ensure that the negligent party is held responsible for your accident. Our legal team has years of experience representing victims of car accidents, and we are prepared to create a strategy tailored to you. To speak with one of our lawyers, call us today at (920) 437-0900.