Road defects can cause hazardous driving conditions and lead to accidents. Roadways must be designed, constructed and maintained according to various specifications and standards. The failure to do so can result in liability for any accidents that occur as a result of road defects. The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are experienced auto accident and personal injury attorneys that can assess the specific facts of your auto accident to determine whether someone should be held accountable for an accident caused by a roadway defect.
Common Road Defects
The following are examples of some common road defects:
- Lack of guard rails
- Poor water drainage systems
- Improper gradation of curve
- Lack of adequate road shoulder
- Improperly or inadequately marked road construction
- Large potholes
- Vegetation, such as trees, weeds or grass, blocking traffic signs and signals
- Lack of warning signs before curves, dips in the road or speed bumps
Assessing Liability for Accidents Caused by Road Defects
Assessing liability for accidents caused by poor road conditions requires a careful evaluation and investigation. Our experienced Chicago road defect accident attorneys will work with engineers, safety investigators and accident investigators to thoroughly examine the facts surrounding the accident to determine liability for the accident and whether it was due to road defects.
In some cases, poor road conditions can make a motor vehicle accident even worse, even if it wasn’t the initial cause of the accident. For example, the lack of a guardrail on the roadway could cause a car to flip over or roll down a hill after an accident. In other cases, a municipality may be liable if there is a documented history of accidents along a specific roadway for failing to take appropriate steps to reduce the number of accidents.
The knowledgeable Illinois road defect attorneys at Ankin Law Offices can assess the specific facts of an auto accident to determine whether a road defect was a contributing factor to the accident. Contact one of our experienced auto accident attorneys to schedule a free consultation to discuss whether a road defect may have been the cause or a contributing factor of the accident