Driving In Hazardous Road Conditions
Most of the time, when we think of car accidents, we think of traditional accidents, where multiple cars are involved. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes other drivers are not the ones to blame, it is the road itself.
Kinds of Road Hazards
There are many hazards that can occur on the roads. Some of these may include animals, rough roads, gravel, bumpy edges, uneven joints, slippery surfaces, standing water, debris, obstructions in the road due to construction, and more. Some of these hazards are due to natural occurrences, and cannot be blamed on any individual, such as when animals obstruct the roadways.
Liability for Road Hazards
Some other hazards may be due to the negligence of people or companies. If roadways are unnecessarily and excessively bumpy, the governing bodies can be held responsible for accidents due to these circumstances.
In addition, debris from construction sites that cause accidents can be considered negligence, and a case can be pursued. Likewise, if standing water occurs because proper drainage was never installed, or if roadways are not kept clear of known obstacles, accidents that happen because of these hazards can be cause for a case.
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Sometimes, the roadways cannot be kept clear of these obstructions. In these circumstances, if the governing body or the individual in charge of the road knows the potential for hazards in the road, proper signage and warnings should be provided. If they are not, they open themselves up to the risk of dealing with negligence cases down the road.
Should you experience a car accident due to hazardous road conditions that exist because of negligence, you may have a case. Contact Eric Blank Injury Attorneys today.
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