Automobile accidents happen every day. In fact, over 21,000 car accidents occurred in the United States last year alone. While it is often a driver error that causes a car accident, there are sometimes other factors that are at fault.
Thousands of people are injured each year in car accidents caused by poor road conditions. Issues such as hazardous obstacles, hazardous surfaces, dangerous intersections, improper or insufficient road signs or signals, and bad road construction can easily cause an accident.
Obstacles are objects that are not supposed to be on the roadway and typically catch a driver by surprise. These obstacles can be fallen limbs, debris, car parts from auto accidents, or even pot holes. Drivers caught by surprise will swerve to try to avoid these objects which can either cause them to go off road or into another vehicle.
Hazardous surfaces can be caused by weather, insufficiently drained roadways, or improperly paved roads. Winter weather can cause ice and snow to pile up on roadways, causing issues with swerving and the inability for drivers to stop. Insufficiently drained roadways can cause pools of water which results in hydroplaning. Improperly paved roads can cause the roads to become slippery and void of traction.
Intersection accidents are very common under normal circumstances, but add a large hill or a sharp curve and the intersection becomes that much more dangerous. Intersections that are not clearly marked can also cause an accident.
Improper or Insufficient Road Signs or Signals
Road signs that have been removed or damaged due to previous accidents or vandalism can cause a driver to become confused on what action to take at the intersection, which may result in an accident. Additionally, traffic lights that are confusing or that are no longer operable can cause an intersection to become dangerous as drivers do not know how to act at the intersection.
Bad Road Construction
Roads that are poorly constructed can weaken and collapse causing a major risk for accidents.
We have all encountered one or more of these hazards while driving. It is the responsibility of the agency or government who completes road maintenance to address these hazards in a timely manner to avoid auto accidents that may result in injury or death.
If you are injured as a result of a roadway error, you may still be entitled to compensation and our Houston auto accident lawyers know how to prove liability. The Daspit Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims seek the justice they deserve.
Call us today to discover your rights and options.