While there are a lot of car accidents that could occur because of driver error, there are just as many accidents that happen every day because of road hazards. It’s important to be prepared, not only to keep an eye out for these hazards, but also in the event that you are involved in an accident. Here are some of the common types of road hazards:
Improper or Absent Signs
Often, there’s a hazard on the road such as a train crossing, a sharp turn, or sudden stop light behind a curve, yet there aren’t any signs warning cars of these hazards. Sometimes, signs are present, but they are covered up or have fallen over. This can be a serious problem for drivers.
Construction hazards are a main cause of accidents. Just think about how many times you’ve seen a construction site that was not properly blocked off, did not have warning signs, or left debris on the road. This is dangerous, not only for drivers, but also for the construction workers themselves.
Unreasonably Dangerous Roads
Some roads are unreasonably dangerous, either because they are too narrow, don’t have an accessible shoulder, or lack necessary guardrails, painted lines, or rumble strips.
What Is an “Act of God?”
Acts of God are weather or nature-related hazards, and are usually not considered to be anyone’s fault. If a tree falls in the road, or if a patch of ice or a storm causes a dangerous situation, this is not usually a case where anyone is liable. Sometimes negligence can lead to something like a fallen tree, so it’s still important to speak to a lawyer about your accident.
If you or someone you know is a victim of an accident caused by a road hazard, the Todd R. Durham Law Firm can lead you in the right direction. Contact us at 214-222-4000 with any additional questions you may have about these accidents. Our consultations are always free.