Poor Road Design Can Lead to Car Accidents
From construction zones to potholes, nearly one-third of all serious automobile incidents are caused by poor road conditions. While the worst can occur in the blink of an eye, Peterson Law Firm is here to provide clients with roadway tips and conditions to observe when driving.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in a road-design related accident, contact our experienced auto accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We are dedicated to seeking justice for the injured.
Common Road Issues to Look for that May Result in an Auto Accident
Confusing, Damaged, or Missing Road Signs: Well-placed signs ensure that a driver understands the roadway and is less likely to become confused. Without this safety mechanism, a driver could veer off course and strike another vehicle.
Improperly Graded Road Curves: When the outside edge of a road curves, it puts the roadway at an angle, making it easier for vehicles to manage the curve at different speeds. However, an improperly graded curve can cause a vehicle to go off the roadway or cause damage to other vehicles nearby.
Inferior Road Materials: Different road surfaces provide different levels of friction, such as the difference between concrete and asphalt. Sudden changes or inferior material mixtures can result in an accident or cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Broken Guardrails: Guardrails and other barriers are put in place to prevent vehicles from crossing the median or leaving the roadway. Inadequate design and placement of such barriers can lead to serious, life-threatening accidents.
Other Poor Road Designs Include
- Failure to Install Road Markings or Street Signs
- Unsalted or Unplowed Roads During Icy Weather
- Poorly Placed / Lack of Traffic Signals
- Uneven Road Shoulders
- Driver Vision Obstructions
- Overly Bright Lights
- Poor Lighting at Night
- Low Bridges
- Highway Ramps
Taking on a negligent driver is one thing, but implicating the Department of Transportation involves a completely different set of rules, regulations, and protocol.
Here at Peterson Law Firm, we specialize in automotive accidents across Kansas City. With us on your side, you can be sure to achieve the legal remedy you deserve.