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Driver Information For Driving on Bad Roads
Bad road conditions are one of the leading contributing factors in many Oklahoma auto accidents. Almost 20 percent of all fatal road accidents involve a single car that runs off the road, often crashing into a fixed object or rolling over.
While the government may argue that these types of accidents result from driver error, oftentimes bad road conditions are also a contributing factor to the cause of the wreck.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident that was caused by bad road conditions here in Tulsa, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages related to the crash.
Dangerous Road Conditions that Result in Accidents
Road hazards often stem from faulty design, construction, maintenance, failure by the government to make road changes to adapt to new conditions, or simply due to weather erosion of the surface and underlying material. Here are some clues a road is hazardous and that you might be entitled to legal compensation.
The design of a road can play a large role in the type of accident that occurs. Some of the most common design flaws that result in a wreck include:
- Dangerous curves
- Hazards obstructing visibility at intersections and crosswalks
- Entrance and exit ramps that are too short or don’t allow safe merging
- Pavement with inadequate skin resistance
- Parking policies that limit visibility of a dangerous intersection
- Poorly placed signs and traffic signals
- Dangerous slopes and dips in road layout
- Dangerous street drop-offs, like ravines or cliffs
- Defective or missing guard rails
- Poor drainage that can result in pooling and hydroplaning
- Absent, defective or improper warning signage
- Shoulders that are not visibly distinct
Many auto accidents take place in construction zones. Practices of construction workers can increase the risk of a collision even after construction has been completed.
Failure to properly follow approved plans, shoddy materials or poor workmanship can all decrease the quality of road conditions and increase the likelihood of an accident.
Maintenance practices of Tulsa roadways also play a role in the risk of an accident. By allowing road surfaces to become damaged with potholes, a car may hit a hole at an odd angle, causing the driver to lose control — potentially resulting in the vehicle spinning and colliding with other cars and objects on the road.
Old guardrails can also become hazardous when they lose the strength that is necessary to keep vehicles on the road if they are impacted at speed.
Failure to Adapt
Examples of the government failing to make road changes to adapt to new conditions can include:
- Dangerous road subsidence, or sinking
- Road cave-ins
- Changing use patterns by pedestrians and vehicles
- Ignoring evidence that accidents keep occurring on a bad road
Weather and Erosion
The elements can have a major impact on the condition and performance of a road surface. The blazing hot summers of the South and the Midwestern U.S. can often cause road materials to expand greatly, even melting the tarmac in some instances. Driving in the snow and cold of the same regions can also cause the road surface to compress from the cold.
Weather can have a great effect on the conditions and overall performance of a road.
Contact Our Experienced Auto Accident Attorneys Today
At The Edwards Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys believe that when an individual suffers harm due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, they deserve both compassion and compensation for their condition. We believe that it is critical that an injury victim is able to afford access to comprehensive legal counsel.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to file a bad road lawsuit, we proudly offer free, no-obligation consultations to any Oklahoma, Texas or Arkansas personal injury victims. During our evaluation, one of our attorneys will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue justice for your losses.
Providing decades of combined legal experience, our team of attorneys may be able to recover the costs of:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages that may have been incurred due to a collision or crash caused by a driving on a road in poor condition.
For more information on your legal rights or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team of legal professionals, contact us today at (888) 600-9836 or by filling out our online form.