Most car accidents are the result of carelessness on the part of a driver. However, not all accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence. Sometimes the negligence of others is to blame. This may be the case when an accident is caused by road hazards. Objects in the road, defective roadways, and other hazards can all lead to serious accidents. In some cases, these accidents may only involve one vehicle. Even the most careful driver can be injured in an accident caused by a road hazard.
Common Road Hazards
There is a wide range of road hazards that can result in serious accidents. Some common road hazards include:
- Potholes—especially prevalent in New York, poorly maintained roadways often contain potholes. These holes in the pavement can cause dangerous problems, including tire blowouts, wheel damage, and damaged bearings. A car that hits a pothole can lose control and cause an accident.
- Construction debris—construction companies and contractors have an obligation to ensure that debris from their projects doesn’t enter the roadway. A car that hits debris can lose control. Sometimes companies leave construction vehicles in the roadway, which can cause a collision, especially at night when a driver is unable to see the vehicle.
- Missing signs—missing traffic and road signs such as stop signs, yield signs, and wrong way signs, can cause a driver to make a risky move on the road and result in an accident.
- Malfunctioning traffic signals—just like missing road signs, traffic signals that are not functioning properly can lead to dangerous moves by drivers and serious accidents.
- Overgrown trees and bushes—foliage that is overgrown and blocks a driver’s view or encroaches onto the roadway can make it difficult for drivers to operate their vehicles safely.
Who is Responsible for Road Hazards?
Determining who is responsible for an accident caused by a road hazard depends on the circumstances of the case. Municipalities such as cities, towns, counties, and the state are responsible for ensuring that their roadways are well-maintained and safe for drivers. They also have a duty to make sure that road signs are in place and that traffic signals properly operate. Construction companies and contractors may be responsible for any debris they leave in the roadway that results in an accident. An attorney can conduct an investigation into your accident to determine who may be liable for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a road hazard, it’s important that you contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping the victims of road hazard accidents. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.