Poor Road Conditions Can Cause Serious Auto Accidents to Occur
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on April 30, 2014
There are many different potential causes of serious auto accidents. One of them happens to be poor road conditions, which can lead to both single-vehicle auto accidents and multi-vehicle auto accidents. When these occur, it's important that you meet with skilled personal injury attorneys to hold negligent parties responsible and to collect compensation for any injuries, property damage, or other losses that were sustained.
Right now, we'd like to take a few moments to consider why road conditions are so crucial to safe driving.
About Poor Road Conditions
Poor road conditions refer to any and all problems on the road that make driving unsafe and hazardous to drivers on the road and to pedestrians and bicyclists as well.
Bad Road Design
One aspect of poor road conditions has to do with the way the road is laid out initially. Some roads narrow rapidly, are too narrow in general, contain tight turns, or even have blind intersections. Poor lighting along roadways can also make them more hazardous to drivers. These kinds of roads that are ill-considered to begin with make accidents more likely to occur and more common overall.
Bad Road Signage
Another issue related to poor road conditions is bad signage on the road. This could mean confusing road signs, cluttered road signs, or inadequate road signs. In busy intersections, for example, an actual traffic signal would be best rather than signs.
A related issue involves road signs being blocked by tree limbs or other natural objects or man-made structures.
Poor Road Maintenance
Perhaps the best-known issue related to bad road conditions is poor maintenance of the road itself. Pot holes, faded road lines, bumpy roads, and stray objects in the road make accidents more likely. It's important that local officials take care of roadways, particularly major thoroughfares and busy intersections.
The same regard for maintenance is extended to any traffic signals or lights along the road. These should be in proper working order to prevent accidents. Following an outage, it's important for these signals and lights to be fixed in a timely fashion.
Poor Weather Can Make Bad Road Conditions Worse
In addition to bad road design and conditions, poor weather can leave roadways especially dangerous. Water may pool up in various dips in the road, for instance, making hydroplaning more likely. Similarly, rain and snow can make designated lane markers harder to see, increasing the chance of accidental collisions.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
Following a serious accident or injury due to bad road conditions, it is of the utmost importance that you speak with skilled lawyers about your case. Auto accident attorneys will not be intimidated in their search for justice, and they will help you in the fight for both compensatory and punitive damages. Most importantly, they will make sure that the roadways are made safe again for everyone.
Learn More About Your Legal Options Following an Auto Accident
If you would like to learn more about all of your options with regard to auto accident litigation and poor road conditions, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys today. The entire team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation following a serious accident.
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