DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS AND ROADWAY DESIGN DEFECTS ARE OVERLOOKED CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS
We obtain government accident statistics in order to determine if the area where the crash occurred has a higher than normal rate of accidents. This helps us determine whether there may be safety or design issues with the road. Our road design experts inspect the crash site in order to determine whether a claim should be brought against the government entity responsible for the design and maintenance of the roadway.
Roadway design defects can cause automobile, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
Accident investigations sometimes reveal that dangerous road conditions and defects were the cause of an injury sustained in a crash. Only a detailed investigation will uncover roadway defects from, what may appear on the surface, to be simple driver negligence. Roadway defects include:
- Improper road design
- Improper grading of curves
- Shoulder drop-offs
- Excessive oil and/or gravel
- Failure to post warning signs
- Hidden road signs
- Unmarked Road Dips
- Malfunctioning traffic control signals
- Defective street lights
- Dangerous Intersections
- Poor water drainage
DON’T DELAY IN CONTACTING A ROADWAY DESIGN ATTORNEY
Most California roadways are designed and maintained by public entities such as Caltrans. In California, before you may sue a public entity (a state, county or local government) or a government employee for money damages, a claim must be filed meeting the requirements of the California Tort Claims Act. With very limited exceptions, no lawsuit for money damages may be brought against a governmental entity unless a written claim has been properly filed within the six-month time limit.