Roads are designed with drivers in mind. The design must be considered to be safe with reasonable and sufficient time to see any obstacles ahead of. A road must be designed so that time is allowed for the mind to process what has been seen, and to react appropriately and safely. However, sometimes a road design or defect will lead to a serious accident. When this happens, you may be able to seek liability from those responsible for a road defect.
Road hazards and defects fall under 3 main categories: basic design flaws, signage and signal defects, and maintenance defects and hazards.
Road design flaws: These flaws would include badly planned intersections, inadequate or lack of dividers and medians, insufficient road shoulders or no road shoulders, and insufficient drainage on and around the road which could lead to cause hydroplaning.
Signage and signal defects: An example of this would be upcoming hazards or terrain features that drivers are not alerted to. The sign may be incorrect or missing all together. It also includes poorly marked construction zones, defective or broken traffic lights, a hard to read exit sign, entrance and street names signs.
Maintenance Defects and Hazards: Maintenance defects include anything from broken street lights to potholes and debris in the road. It also can include uneven pavement, slippery pavement, and low hanging trees branches that could interfere with visibility.
These accidents are often a combination of several factors. A skilled personal injury attorney can prove that the hazardous conditions resulted in an accident. A clear method to prove this is animation graphics. With animation graphics, the scene is recreated and presented to a judge or jury to show the hazards that led to the wreck. To view an example of an animation graphic, click here.
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