Bad Road Conditions in Georgia a Major Cause of Serious Car Crashes


December 30, 2010

Winter is a dangerous time for drivers with bad weather creating poor visibility and slippery roads. Many drivers drive too fast for road conditions or are involved in serious car accidents because of insufficient road maintenance, confusing signs, and dangerous roadway design. Some roadways are inherently dangerous because they are designed poorly, whereas others become dangerous when combined with other factors such as distracted or careless drivers or adverse weather.

Dangerous roadways can lead to serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, head and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage and even fatalities. The dangerous road attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing those seriously injured in Georgia car accidents for over a quarter of a decade.

Many times roadways that are unsafe because of design, maintenance, or weather are made all the more dangerous by drivers who engage in unsafe driving practices including tailgating, speeding, failing to obey stop signs or stop at stoplights, making unsafe lane changes (i.e. weaving in and out of traffic) and failing to yield the right of way. When unsafe roadways are combined with careless or distracted drivers, the result is often tragic. Far too many drivers do not slow down and drive with the appropriate degree of caution when roads are wet or icy or visibility is obstructed by fog or heavy rain. If you are driving under such adverse conditions, it is best to slow down, to allow even more stopping distance and to drive with your lights on (unless you are driving in fog).

There are a number of hazardous road conditions that routinely cause serious car collisions including the following:

Slick Roads after Initial Rain: When it has not rained in sometime, an initial rain creates slick spots when it combines with oil and other substances in the roadway.

Road Construction: Construction zones often mean unsafe debris or obstructions in the roadway. Many times construction zone contractors do not take appropriate safety precautions including confusing signs, incomplete or exposed work, and poorly marked work areas.

Clear Zone Obstructions: The area immediate adjacent to the roadway is referred to as the "clear zone" and should be free of obstructions that may result in run-off-the-road accidents. Trees, artificial barriers, utility poles and ditches can prevent drivers who drift into the clear zone from recovering control of their vehicle and result in serious rollover accidents.

Potholes: Erosion from harsh weather and poor road maintenance can result in deterioration of roadway pavement creating hazardous holes in the roadway.

Improper Road Resurfacing: Instead of resurfacing the roadway properly, a petroleum solution may be applied and covered with filler. When the material used as a filler deteriorates, the petroleum base can become very slippery in extreme heat or wet road conditions.

Roadway Drop-offs: A shoulder that suddenly drops off more than two inches beneath the surface of the road can be dangerous and contribute to tripping accidents involving SUVs that result in serious rollover accidents. A driver who is distracted or not paying attention may also be involved in a run-off-the-road accident when they over compensate after being startled by the shoulder drop-off.

Wheel Rutting: This hazard is created when a roadway has not been resurfaced for a ten-year period. These roads create an increased risk of hydroplaning when a driver exceeds forty mph.

Blind Intersections: These intersections have poor visibility that creates a risk of accidents involving cross traffic. It is important to be very cautious when negotiating this type of intersection.

Any of these roadway hazards can cause a serious car accident through no fault of your own. If you are involved in a car crash because of a hazardous roadway, you should seek legal advice immediately before crucial evidence of the hazard disappears. Our Georgia hazardous roadway attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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