There are many potential factors that can result in a car accident, and not all of them involve human error. Often, many people fail to think that a roadway could be the cause of a serious crash. In many cases, police and insurance companies assume an accident is due to driver distraction or negligence before considering other possible factors, such as a dangerous roadway.
Types of Dangerous Roadways
There are several different types of dangerous roadways that can cause a serious or even fatal car crash. A few common examples include but are not limited to the following:
- Badly designed intersections. If the design of an intersection is inherently flawed, it can cause head-on or T-bone car accidents, both of which can be severe. An investigation can examine the history of a particular intersection to determine whether the location poses serious danger to motorists and should be fixed.
- Dangerous curves. If careful consideration is not taken when designing a roadway, it can result in a roadway having dangerous curves and/or blind intersections that may take motorists by surprise and may result in a crash.
- Lack of guardrails. Roadways need to have guardrails as well as center dividers in place in order to protect motorists from driving into a ditch or other dangerous condition.
- Little-to-no visibility. Those in charge of designing a roadway need to ensure that the roadway is lighted properly to increase driving visibility and awareness of others on the road, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. It also needs to be looked into to make sure foliage does not reduce or completely block visibility of traffic lights and street signs.
- Poorly maintained roads. Roads that are full of potholes and/or are uneven can pose a serious threat to motorists, in addition to motorcyclists and bikers. These conditions can result in a person losing control of their vehicle and crashing.
Proving Liability in a Dangerous Roadway Accident
Proving liability in an accident believed to have been caused by a dangerous roadway can be difficult. After such an accident, an injured victim will need to prove that the roadway contributed significantly to the crash, as well as that the state or city government that oversees the roadway knew of the dangerous conditions yet failed to repair the roadway. Anyone who has been involved in dangerous roadway accident in Michigan would be well-advised to consult with an Michigan personal injury attorney that has experience successfully handling similar cases. An attorney can help you learn more about what legal options are available to you. A lawyer can also investigate the history of the roadway to prove negligence and hold the appropriate governing body accountable for injuries and accident-related losses.
If you have been injured in an accident that was the result of a dangerous roadway in Michigan, contact Lipton Law. For decades, our Southfield MI car accident attorneys have provided the legal assistance working families need after an accident caused by negligence, oversight, or recklessness. We can help you understand the legal options available to you, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Contact our law offices today at 800-CAR-CRASH to learn more about how Lipton Law can help you and your family during this difficult time.