Hazardous Road Defects
People drive under the assumption that roads will be kept in as safe a condition as possible. There are enough dangers on the road that can cause a serious accident without adding the road itself to the list. Even so, that does not mean that this assumption is always met. Sometimes, areas can fall into a state of disrepair that creates a potentially hazardous environment for drivers.
Both the state and local municipalities may be responsible for maintaining and repairing roads. If a road defect causes an event which damages property or injures a person, it may be possible for the government to be found liable. The Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help determine if this may be the case in your circumstances.
Really, anything that causes undue potential for danger or does not function as well as intended may be considered a defect. Some common examples include:
- Poor drainage systems
- Missing or misleading signage
- Dangerous construction zones (unmarked, overly messy, etc…)
- Uneven lanes or shoulders
- Damaged guard rails
- Missing medians or retaining walls
- Overly high speed limits
While road upkeep is usually the government’s responsibility, drivers must also take control of their own safety and remain on the lookout for defects at all times.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a defective roadway, you may be entitled to compensation for damages or injuries. Call 800-242-2874 to contact a Wisconsin car accident attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® and discuss your case today.