Not all auto accidents are the result of faulty driving. Poor design or improper maintenance of a roadway can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles through no fault of their own. Public highways and roadways are maintained by numerous public agencies in California, including the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), counties, cities, and in some cases the federal government.
How to protect yourself from the hazards of dangerous roadways
Not all roadway flaws are immediately visible, but by educating yourself about flaws that can pose dangers, you can avoid many serious situations. Try to stay vigilant for the following potential hazards:
- Overgrown vegetation: Tall trees and bushes can easily hide traffic lights, stop signs, and approaching cross-traffic. By slowing down, you can often avoid a collision.
- Lack of stop signs or traffic signals: Unfortunately, busy intersections are not always equipped with signs and signals that can save lives. Make sure you are prepared to stop, even if no sign tells you to do so.
- Loose gravel: Cars driving on a loose gravel surface take longer to stop. Whether you are driving on a dirt road, or over a road under construction, be aware of your reduced stopping distance. Increase the distance between your car and vehicles in front of you, and approach intersections with extra caution.
- Poor lighting: Your headlights alone do not reveal all roadway dangers. When driving in a poorly lit road at night, it makes good sense to decrease your speed to allow you greater control if you should need to make a sudden stop if a vehicle or pedestrian suddenly appears in front of your car.
Seeking compensation from the government
Government entities are generally immune from liability, and bringing injury and wrongful death suits against the government is typically complicated and expensive. Anyone injured as the result of an accident caused by improper roadway maintenance needs legal assistance from a law firm with extensive experience pursuing government claims.
At the Dolan Law Firm, we have significant experience in this area of law. We have helped many people injured in dangerous roadway accidents recover monetary damages from the government. Contact us today. We will review your claim for free and with no obligation on your part.