Driver negligence may be a common cause of car accidents, but it is not the only cause. Defective roadways can also result in a driver losing control of their car or otherwise increasing the risk of an accident. As such, despite what most of us think, there may be parties other than drivers to blame for a car accident.
In the event that a defective roadway caused your accident, you will need to file a claim against the government entity responsible for the design and/or maintenance of the road where the accident happened. These cases, however, are most often more complicated in regard to taking legal action.
Common Roadway Defects
It is a difficult task to determine whether a road hazard is a defect rather than just a bump in the road. It is best to discuss the specifics of your car accident with a Los Angeles roadway defect attorney. However, below are some common roadway defects that may help you decide whether you should even take legal action:
- Shoulder drop offs
- Poor design
- Debris that has not been removed in a timely manner
- Excessive gravel and/or oil
- Malfunctioning or inadequate warning signals or signs
- Insufficient or inadequate notification of changes in the shoulder
- Failure to post warning signals or signs
- Poorly established construction zones
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Insufficient or inadequate notification of impending conditions
- Defective or lack of street lights
- Inadequate highway division, edge lines, or line stripping
- Dangerous intersections
The Need For Properly Investigating the Facts
It is not always clear what causes a car accident. An accident may seem like it was caused by a reckless driver when it may have actually been caused by a roadway defect. For this very reason, it is imperative that you hire a Los Angeles road design defect attorney to look for evidence of defects.
An experienced attorney in this specialized field of personal injury law will need to properly investigate the facts. It often takes a thorough investigation surrounding the facts of the accident to determine if the accident was caused by a roadway defect.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Defective Roadway Attorney
Regardless of what or who you believe caused your car accident, it is best to consult an attorney before speaking with any insurance adjuster. At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our experienced car accident attorneys handle all types of car accident cases, including those that involve roadway defects. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call us at 888.848.5084.