Poor Road Conditions Contribute to Auto Accidents in Georgia


April 08, 2013

Several factors may contribute to the cause of an accident. However, many people do not realize that poorly designed and improperly maintained roads lead to thousands of accidents throughout the United States. With respect to poorly designed roads, have you ever avoided a specific intersection knowing that a lot of car accidents have occurred there? Or, have you ever read the editorial section of your local newspaper where people are screaming for something to be done about the poorly designed merger lanes on the local highway? For several reasons, poor roadway design can lead to an increased incidence of car accidents, such as by making it difficult to see other drivers or pedestrians, having inadequate or confusing signs and signals, not being properly lit at night, having uneven or inadequate surface material, or containing roadway material that creates hazardous driving conditions during inclement weather.

Not only can poor roadway design be hazardous, the failure to properly maintain a road can also contribute to an accident. Have you ever driven on a road that has more holes on it than a piece of Swiss cheese, wondering for years why the road has never been fixed? Or, have you ever been involved in an accident because the state transportation department failed to clear ice and snow on the roadways in your town? Whether it be the existence of potholes, poorly maintained trees and bushes that obstruct driver visibility or areas - due to disrepair - that are susceptible to flooding, these conditions can lead to serious, if not fatal, car accidents.

Notwithstanding, it may be difficult to pursue a claim for poorly designed and/or inadequately maintained roads, given that most roads are public. As such, a defense of “governmental immunity”, defined as an exemption to liability when a suit is brought against a government without their consent, may be available when claims arise due to the government’s failure to take action to either prevent or address the alleged hazardous condition. Issues of improper notice may also be raised, given that the governmental entity may claim that they are either unaware of the dangerous condition, or have not had adequate time to respond to address the safety concerns.

In dealing with car accident claims against local and/or state governments, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney who is familiar with the defense of sovereign immunity and how and when it can be successfully challenged. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our skilled Georgia auto accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle any case involving personal injuries, no matter how challenging or complex.

The Atlanta auto accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, proudly represent auto accident victims in counties located throughout the state of Georgia and all over the Southeast. Our firm also covers all smaller cities in Georgia and the rural parts of the state. Despite where you are located, our lawyers are just a phone call away, and we will even visit you if you cannot come to us. To schedule a free confidential case evaluation, you can call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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