According to most statistics, the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are caused driver error. Driver error encompasses a wide range of conduct, including things like distracted driving and failure to yield. Some accidents, however, are the result of poorly designed or maintained roads. Because road maintenance is generally the responsibility of a state or local government, injury claims resulting from accidents caused by road defects are governed by a special set of legal rules. As a result, it is extremely important that people injured in these types of accidents retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
There are many ways that a defectively designed or poorly maintained road or highway can cause an accident. Some of the most common include the following:
- Inadequate drainage
- Pavement drop offs
- Inadequate signage
- Inadequate or excessive banking/camber
- Lack of or poorly placed guardrails
- Insufficient road markings
- Issues with road surface
- Faulty traffic signals
There are many other ways that a defective road could cause an accident, and it is important for anyone who suspects that their accident was caused by a road defect to have the circumstances of their crash reviewed by an experienced Peachtree City personal injury attorney. After an accident, victims should record as much information about the incident as possible, including taking photographs of any conditions that you believe may have caused or contributed to the accident. Finally, be sure to seek medical attention to ensure that any injuries that you may have sustained are properly identified and treated.
Contact a Peachtree City personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that you believe may have been caused by poor road conditions you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Peachtree City personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (700) 487-8999.