The California, dangerous road injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase, specialize in Cal-trans accidents, dangerous roads, and negligence issues by city and government entities.
Hazardous road conditions lead to tens of thousands of accidents every year. These conditions include unsafe guard rails, slippery roads due to bad weather, inadequate or inappropriate road design, lousy lighting, debris in lanes of traffic, and poorly marked construction zones.
Whether you are driving a car, truck, or motorcycle, you can be affected by dangerous and hazardous road conditions. The last thing you expect is to be in a serious car accident over faulty road design. Many of these dangerous conditions should not be there, to begin with, and you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has physically, emotionally, or mentally suffered from injuries in a hazardous road accident, contact the law firm of Bisnar Chase.
When you call our top-rated team, you will get a free consultation with a legal expert who can analyze your case and ensure you get the help and guidance you need. Call (800) 561-4887 now for help from a dangerous road injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident in California.
Dangerous Roads Resources
Actions to Take After a Road Accident
There are different car crashes, from sideswipe collisions to rear-end car wrecks. In some cases, these accidents are caused, at least in part, by poor road conditions.
You immediately need to contact a dangerous road lawyer if you have been involved in an incident and the cause of the accident was a poorly constructed road or another type of roadway hazard. A hazardous road lawyer can thoroughly investigate the highway on which you received your injuries. The process that your attorney may take is first hiring an engineer to examine the area in which you were hurt.
If they are to blame, a governmental entity should be held accountable for not properly designing a safe road for drivers. The dangerous road lawyers of Bisnar Chase have been taking on the most challenging cases involving dangerous road conditions for more than 40 years. Call (800) 561-4887 to speak with a quality legal representative.
Making a Claim Under the Federal Tort Claims Act
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, you can claim a negligent act. Under the FTCA, the federal government acts as a self-insurer. It recognizes a liability for its employees’ negligent or wrongful acts or omissions acting within the scope of their official duties. An experienced dangerous roads lawyer will understand the difficulties of dealing with the federal government.
Typical Hazardous Road Conditions
- Loose rocks and gravel
- Road debris
- Potholes and road resurfacing
- Overgrown trees and bushes block the view
- Signs and signals in disrepair
- Bad lighting
- Unsafe construction zones
These dangerous road conditions always lead to accidents, some very serious like spinal cord injuries, permanent back damage, head injuries, and lifelong brain damage. Regardless of the nature of your hazardous road accident, you may want to consult an attorney to determine whether you can recoup damages for your personal injury.
In many cases, hazardous road conditions coexist with other liability factors. For instance, a negligent or speeding driver may have dodged debris and driven your car off the road. In such cases, you may be able to collect damages from either (or both) the negligent driver and the entity responsible for maintaining the road.
Recent Dangerous Roads Case Victories
- $16,444,904.00 – Dangerous road condition, driver negligence
- $10,030,000.00 – Premises negligence
- $3,000,000.00 – Dangerous road design – Trolly vs. pedestrian
- $2,800,000.00 – Negligent Road Design
Who is Liable for a Hazardous Road Crash?
Many may think that the entities that are responsible for hazardous road accidents will be the government at a city, county, or state level. But other sources can be held accountable for car crashes in some cases.
For example, construction or landscaping companies can pose a threat to drivers. These organizations are responsible for taking preventative measures to ensure that those who travel around or through these sites are kept safe.
These safety measures might include speed limits, proper lighting, and traffic cones.
There are also situations where a driver can be held accountable for an accident on a dangerous roadway. An example of a driver being responsible for an accident on the road is if they are speeding and carrying heavy material.
If a driver goes above the speed limit and does not have a home appliance such as an oven strapped down correctly, this can pose a danger to the person driving from behind.
3 Common Hazardous Conditions
Whether it’s harsh weather conditions or a lack of traffic signals, roads can be very dangerous if there are not enough safety measures taken. Hazardous roads are the cause of many traffic injuries and deaths each year in the United States.
Inadequately designed roads can also potentially affect pedestrians and cyclists. The following lists the top five common unsafe road conditions.
Bad weather conditions
More than 1.2 million road accidents occur every year in the U.S. due to weather conditions, accounting for about 20% of all accidents. According to statistics, those weather-related crashes account for about 5,900 deaths and more than 400,000 injuries. What is also surprising is that most accidents occur not during the wintertime, but in the summertime. During the summer there is more congestion on the roads due to students being out of school, people vacationing, and construction.
Poorly designed roads
Roads that are not correctly constructed can lead to numerous accidents. Poorly constructed roads can also leave wear and tear on your car. One of the causes that can lead to a vehicle crashing or serious damage to your automobile, is potholes. Potholes are formed when water leaks into the soil under the asphalt. Once the water has leaked into the soil (beneath the asphalt), it weakens the foundation. The asphalt then cannot withstand the weight of the cars and, over time creates a hole. Los Angeles is the city with the most potholes in the nation.
Construction sites can threaten drivers when there are not enough safety measures taken. For instance, if there are no traffic cones to direct drivers toward a clear path, this can confuse drivers and lead to head-on collisions. Another hazard that construction sites can have is poor lighting. If motorists cannot see the road, they can crash into the construction site itself.
Expertise When You Need It Most
Proving that dangerous road conditions exist and directly contributed to an accident can be a complex legal case. Our trial attorneys have over 40 years of experience when it comes to claims involving hazardous and dangerous road conditions. Over that time, we have secured settlements and verdicts totaling more than $700 million for our clients.
A good trial attorney with vast knowledge of dangerous road condition cases can differentiate between winning and losing your case. Just because a police report says you were at fault doesn’t mean it’s true. You’ll need a seasoned hazardous road attorney by your side.
When a dangerous road accident occurs, reach out to the California dangerous road injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase at 800-561-4887 and speak to our team for support, guidance, and superior representation.
Consultations are always free and if we do not win your case you will not owe us anything.