When Dangerous Roads Cause Car Accident
March 24, 2014
In many cases, car accidents are caused by the negligence of some driver on the road. However, in some cases, dangerous road conditions may either cause car accidents or contribute to the results of these collisions being far worse than they would have been otherwise. When dangerous road conditions cause car accidents:
- The party responsible for keeping the roadway safe (or for designing or constructing a safe roadway) can be held liable for accident victims’ injuries and losses.
- Car accident victims will have the best chances of obtaining the compensation they need and deserve by working with experienced attorneys, like the Portland car accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm.
Here we’ll highlight some of the specific roadway dangers that can contribute to car accidents, as well as who may be to blame when these dangerous road conditions cause collisions.
Some Specific Examples of Roadway Dangers
Roadway dangers that may increase the incidence or severity of collisions can come in many forms, with some of the more common examples of these hazards being roads with:
- Insufficient signage and/or reflectors (such as signs that warn drivers of merging traffic, crossing animals or upcoming railroad crossings)
- Improperly functioning intersection signals
- Poor lighting for nighttime driving
- Inadequate lane divisions and/or reflectors
- No guardrails or barriers either between lanes of traffic that move in opposite directions or on the edge roadways that border cliffs (or sudden drop offs)
- Excessive potholes, cracks and/or uncovered manholes.
Additionally, roads that have been poorly designed or constructed can present significant dangers to motorists, may increase the risk of accidents and, as a result, may be the focus of car accident lawsuits.
Dangerous Road Conditions: Who’s to Blame?
Any combination of the following parties may be named liable in car accident lawsuits and, as a result, may be responsible for paying victims compensation:
- City or county government agencies – These parties may be to blame when they fail to properly maintain, clean up or otherwise keep roads safe. For instance, if roadways are long overdue for repaving and/or if there are objects or wreckage from other accidents cluttering the public road, the city or county government agency (like, for instance, divisions of the Department of Transportation) may be held liable for endangering the lives of motorists.
- Private agencies – If dangerous road conditions cause accidents on private roads, such as the roads owned by a homeowners’ association, a country club, etc., then the agency or company who owns these roads and has failed to keep them safe for motorists can be named as a defendant in a car accident lawsuit.
- Construction companies – These entities may be to blame when dangerous roads cause car accidents if they have:
- Failed to properly or safely set up construction sites on or near roadways
- Failed to clearly mark detours or closed roads when work is being done on a road
- Not properly built a roadway (because, for instance, they did not follow design specifications).
Keep in mind that other parties can also be responsible for causing dangerous road conditions that may contribute to car accidents and that our lawyers can help identify and go after any (and all) such negligent parties.
Find Out If You Have a Case: Portland & Seattle Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that may have been caused – even in part – by dangerous road conditions, the Portland car accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult.
We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle, and we have been dedicated to advocating the rights of the injured since 1977. While one of our primary goals is to help each of our clients recover from the financial setbacks caused by car accidents (so they can get the medical care they need), we are also committed to working tirelessly to help our clients resolve their cases as beneficially and efficiently as possible.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.