With the thousands of commuters on the road on any given day in Michigan, the chances of a driver being involved in an auto accident are certainly increased. There are a number of reasons a Michigan auto accident can happen, including driver negligence and defective auto parts, but some elements are out of a motorist’s control and may be a significant factor in why a collision occurs.
A dangerous roadway could be found on any street or highway, and an improperly maintained or designed roadway can be unsafe and risky for MI motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and any other person on the open road.
Local and state governments are responsible for appropriately maintaining the roadways, and the safety of those on the road may be put in jeopardy if hazards and unsafe conditions exist. The following are some common examples of what may make a roadway dangerous in Michigan:
- Poor road design, such as narrow lanes or excessive wear and tear;
- Inadequate lighting, which can make seeing things like road signs or pedestrians difficult to see;
- Debris in the road, which can make a drive potentially perilous;
- Pavement hazards, such as potholes, loose gravel, or uneven pavement;
- Road construction, which can cause debris in the road, or close lanes without sufficient warning for drivers; and
- Traffic signals and signs, which can cause a collision if signals are not working properly or signs are not visible to drivers.
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can leave a driver and his or her passengers with very serious injuries, which may result in expensive medical care, costly vehicle repair, and other accident-related costs. Seeking compensation from the negligent parties that caused your collision is very important and can help get you on the road to recovery. If a hazardous roadway caused your auto accident, contact an Oakland County dangerous roadways lawyer at Lipton law to discuss your legal options. Schedule your free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.