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Defective Road Accidents

Automobile accidents often arise from the negligence of one or more drivers. However, even if you are a careful driver, you can still be a victim of a car accident because of the presence of road defects. The road may be dangerous due to a number of causes. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involves a defective road, you should not face the physical, emotional, and financial consequences alone. You are entitled to maximum compensation according to federal and state laws.

Abraham and Rideout understand the trauma that may come with this type of incident. We help victims and their families by investigating thoroughly the cause of the accident and fighting for the compensation you and your family deserve. Our personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and skills to stand against government agencies and construction companies that may be responsible for the dangerous conditions of the road that lead to the crash.

Common Road Defects

There are certain safety standards that apply to our roads and highways. When these standards have not been followed in building or maintaining a road, the public entity accountable for such road may be held responsible if a road defect caused or contributed to a car accident. Here are some examples of common road defects:

  • Large potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Inadequate road shoulder
  • Poor water drainage system
  • Inadequate warning signs before curves, dips, or speed bumps
  • Lack of guard rails
  • Obstructed roadway
  • Unsafe drop-offs
  • Trees, weeds, or grass that block traffic signals
  • Improper lighting
  • Hazards Due to Road Construction

    Whenever a road is under construction, the construction company is responsible for providing traffic control with the use of warning signs, flaggers, and traffic barrels to assist motorists and pedestrians and help them avoid risks. These safeguards are critical because failure to provide such may result in accidents.

    Prompt Attention is Vital

    We encourage you to discuss your case with us as soon as possible. Prompt attention to your case is vital to your ability to recover medically and financially after you or your loved one has suffered an injury from the defective road. Usually, victims or their families must give notice of municipal liability claims within six months after the accident. It is also at this time when key evidence and witness testimonies are easiest to access.

    For more inquiries, contact Abraham and Rideout now.

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