Highway Defects

Highway Defects

Jul 31

Everyone aspires to drive safely and avoid any cause for accidents. However, even the most careful drivers can fall victim to dangerous car accidents. This often happens because another driver on the road may not be as cautious as they are, and the result could be a tragic accident. This is why we advise drivers to drive “defensively” accounting for other drivers lack of caution. However, even when all drivers are cautious and defensive, the possibility of an accident is still very real. This can occur if the road itself is damaged, defective or neglected. These accidents are tragic In that they are entirely preventable with proper upkeep and repair by the city. It is important for drivers to be aware of these potential dangers so that they may do their best to avoid them.

According to the website of the Jeff Sampson Law Firm, common highway defects a driver could encounter include: shoulder drop-off, water pooling, potholes, uneven pavement, lack of signs, lack of guardrails, objects in the roadway, or municipal negligence. These defects are often the result of negligence by the city who has let the roads decay to the point when they are no longer safely navigable.

Car accidents can result in tragic injuries. In many cases car accidents are just that- accidents. They could not have been prevented by any one party. However in some cases accidents are not the fault of the driver, but were preventable by another party. In cases where the local municipality does not properly upkeep their roads, resulting in an accident, it would be their responsibility to ensure that such accident did not happen. It would not be the drivers fault in these instances, but the responsibility of another to have anticipated and rectified the situation. In these cases the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.