Road Defects and Municipal Negligence
Road defects are problems with a road that arise from a lack of maintenance, poor engineering, or other problems related to road construction and upkeep. Typically, the municipality that owns a road is responsible for performing regular inspections and maintenance to keep the road safe. Sometimes, however, road defects go unaddressed for long periods of time and may result in an accident. Failing to address a road hazard that then causes an accident is known as municipal negligence.
Types of Road Defects
Poor maintenance and repairs can lead to all kinds of road defects that put motorists in danger. Especially when vehicles are traveling at high speeds, any change in the road surface or obstruction in the road could cause a driver to lose control and crash. The following are examples of road defects that could cause an accident:
- Lack of Guardrails
- Lack of Signs
- Shoulder Drop-Off
- Uneven Pavement
- Accident Liability
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident that was caused or made worse by a road defect, you may have legal justification to sue the municipality in charge of maintaining the road. When a municipality does not take reasonable care to address dangerous road conditions, it can be held legally liable if an accident results. By taking legal action, you may be able to recover a settlement or judgment for all of your accident-related losses, including medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your accident with an experienced Appleton road defect attorney, do not hesitate to contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874.