Road Hazards – Personal Injury Law
People expect that the city and other agencies are responsible for roads and will keep city streets and highways in good repair. Potholes and other road hazards can be a cause of car accidents, as well as a source of frustration for drivers experiencing traffic delays. There is no excuse for allowing dangerous roads to remain in bad repair.
Our city constantly monitoring the city roads it maintains. In keeping with community transportation needs, it can add lanes, change lane widths, and make other alterations in existing roads.
For example, we clean up bottlenecks to allow freer traffic flow. In one case, it increased a traffic lane from 9.5 feet to 11 feet in width. The increase allows a more realistic turning radius for trucks frequently using that intersection.
Visionary planning can go a long way toward making it safer to travel ’s roads. Sometimes, though, a hazard can exist for a while before being repaired and corrected. And during road repairs, construction zones are a dangerous area for traffic.
What Is A Dangerous Road?
Any road, even one in excellent repair, can be dangerous if a driver is traveling too fast for conditions. Even highways can’t safely accommodate a vehicle doing 80 miles per hour on curves that were engineered to keep traffic on the road at 50 miles per hour.
Drivers have to be on the lookout for conditions like heavy traffic and bad weather, which can make a road dangerous. A smart driver knows to adjust speed, use headlights and keep safe spacing between vehicles as necessary when the road is crowded, slick with ice or hard to see in the dark.
A road can also be dangerous if traffic control signals are out of order or signs are hard to see. Drivers who are used to a route will immediately notice when a traffic light is not working, but people new to that road could be caught unaware, leading to a crash.
Road Construction Risks
Road construction is a blessing when it results in a smoother, safer trip in the long run. At the same time, it can be a curse that leads to lengthy traffic delays, detours and an increased risk of accidents. Ditches, trenches, rough roads and piles of sand are just a few of the obstacles that could be present. Accidents due to distraction can easily happen if drivers are not alert in construction zones.
In zones where road construction is going on, Texas law provides that fines for any driving violation are doubled. The extra penalty is to serve as a motivation for drivers to exercise special caution on these dangerous roads. Among other harmful incidents, collisions kill more than 50 workers a year in construction zones.
The NHTSA offers good advice for driving in road construction zones. Above all, be ready to react to changing conditions, slowing down to allow greater spacing from the vehicle just ahead. Keep well away from workers and equipment.
If you’re hurt in an accident despite your precautions, take action to obtain compensation for your injuries with the help of an experienced attorney.