Defectively-designed Roads and Highways: Another Major Cause of Car Crashes

More than three-fourths of the five millions motor vehicle accidents every year are due to drivers’ fault, based on results of crash analyses by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Driver fault includes drunk-driving, distracted driving, speeding (including driving too fast despite poor road conditions) and reckless driving. Thus, no matter how careful you may be on the road, if another driver acts negligently or carelessly, then an accident may just be imminent

Drivers are not the only ones guilty of negligent and careless acts, though. There are many other individuals who commit these acts and who should be held accountable for some accidents that occur. These include: motor vehicle manufacturers who produce defective vehicles; manufacturers of vehicle parts who use low-quality materials or who do not comply with the safety standard set by the NHTSA on car parts; and, different agencies (including local government agencies) for failing to construct good roads or for failing to keep roads in good condition. Like the fault of millions of drivers, the acts or lack of action of some other individuals are just as dangerous, as these too can cause tragic road accidents.

Defectively-designed roads and highways or poorly-maintained streets directly affect all motorists. These, according to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, may be the fault of the state or a municipality responsible for road design, maintenance, and signage, a construction company that has left the pavement littered with obstacles or debris, or a truck that has left blown out tire treads or fallen cargo on the pavement. These are some of the more common road conditions that cause highway accidents:

  • Faulty road design;
  • Hazardous road construction area;
  • Objects or debris on the road;
  • Potholes or cracked, uneven pavement;
  • Lack of a level shoulder;
  • Missing guardrails;
  • Standing water;
  • Detached tire treads;
  • Snow and ice, especially black ice; and,
  • Lack of lane dividers or pavement markings, especially on winding roads.

Highway defects can cause a driver to lose control of his/her vehicle; it is, therefore, a serious issue that the government should address quickly for failure to deliver the necessary maintenance or intervention can result in destructive accidents.

In the event of an accident, however, naming a government agency in a lawsuit may lead to nothing due to its immunity from any form of liability, unless the issue is gross negligence in maintaining a roadway.

Highway defects can cause even the most careful and conscientious drivers to get into serious, life-threatening accidents. When roads are improperly maintained and drivers are not warned about potentially dangerous areas, car accidents and debilitating injuries are far more likely to occur. This is why law firms believe that the government and the companies responsible for the maintenance of our roadways should be held responsible for any injuries resulting from highway safety hazards.

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