Don’t Let an Unsafe Road Leave You With Unpaid Bills
The government has the obligation to provide safe roads for users to traverse. When a government employee fails to do his or her job correctly and the result is an unsafe road, the dangers are compounded by the fact that motorists typically aren’t on the lookout for the dangers that can result. If you were injured in an accident caused by an unsafe road, you need an accident attorney who can take your case. This is especially true in the case of an unsafe road accident because the government may have special protections or limitations on when and how it may be sued.
At Fielding Law Group, we can help you establish liability and prove negligence in your case. We can also help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
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Our team of accident lawyers has dedicated our professional lives to helping people who have been injured through the negligence of others. Fielding Law Group ensures that you are compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and even your pain and suffering. We operate by a very simple principle: nobody who has been injured in an accident that was not his or her fault, should be expected to pay upfront to hire a lawyer. So we don’t charge you anything to come in and talk to us so you can figure out whether you have a case.
Types of Unsafe Road Conditions
Large gaps in the roadway can cause damage to cars. They can also cause vehicles to veer from side to side and crash into other vehicles. When cars run into potholes, they can act unpredictably and put others in danger.
When a roadway includes two or more surfaces that are not even, they can cause vehicles to swerve. This often happens on the sides of roadways or between two lane, causing problems for drivers changing lanes or attempting to drive straight.
When rocks, gravel, or dirt are on the roadway, it can cause vehicles to have difficulty stopping and maneuvering. This is common near work sites and at the entrances of driveways. Loose debris on surfaces is particularly dangerous for motorcycles and small vehicles.
Objects in the Roadway
Although the people who maintain roads cannot control what the public puts on the road, they to have an obligation to remove large objects in a reasonable amount of time. Objects commonly placed in the road by roadway workers include orange cones or barrels. These can be dangerous when they move from their intended places meant to guide traffic.
Some roads are dangerous as they are made. Unsafe curves, entrances and exit ramps, slopes, and dips in the road can cause dangerous situations for vehicles. If there is no sign to warn you of these situations, someone may be negligent.
Lack of Safety Features
Crosswalks should have warnings or lights, and bike paths should be properly marked. When these safety features are not highlighted on the roadway, people can be put in danger.
Lack of Traffic Controls
People generally follow traffic controls, such as signs and lights. However, when they do not exist, people are often confused about where to go and who has right of way. It can be confusing to drive without traffic controls, creating an unsafe roadway condition.
Ice and Snow
Although the government cannot control the accumulation of ice and snow on the roadways, they do have an obligation to remove it promptly. When ice and snow are not cleared for an unreasonable amount of time, they may be responsible for injuries that occur in crashes due to that ice and snow.
Dangerous Road Conditions Can Lead to Serious Injuries
While the government or a construction company may be to blame for an unsafe road condition, the people who get hurt are often members of the public. Drivers who hit one another, pedestrians, and bicyclists often suffer. Another group of people who are often injured due to unsafe road conditions are roadway workers, such as flaggers and people directing traffic.
Injuries suffered on unsafe roadways are similar to those in any other car accident. They include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and soft tissue injuries. These injuries can result in expensive medical bills, and it can be difficult to determine who should pay those bills when the roadway caused your damages. It’s important to work with an unsafe road conditions lawyer to prove liability in your case.
Liability in Unsafe Road Condition Accidents
The government has a responsibility to properly build and maintain roadways for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. They must also use warning signs when appropriate. If you were following all roadway laws and encountered a dangerous road condition, then the government may be at fault for your injuries and other losses.
When the government knows about a dangerous road condition and fails to take action, they may be legally liable for injuries that occur due to that road condition. An unsafe road conditions lawyer can help you prove that someone else was negligent and that caused your losses.
What Are the Most Dangerous Roads in Seattle?
Seattle has many roads with unsafe conditions; however, there are a few that are markedly more dangerous than others. Take care around these roads. If you sustained injury near these roads, then the government likely knew about the unsafe road conditions and may be liable for your losses.
- Intersection as 3rd Avenue and Pike Street
- Intersection at 8th Avenue and Pike Street
- Hwy 2
- Interstate 5
- Aurora Avenue N.
- Intersection at 9th and James
- Pike Street
- Intersection at 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW
- Intersection at E. Thomas Street and 11th Avenue E.
- Intersection at Westlake Avenue N. and Valley Street
Many of these dangerous roads in Seattle are intersections. This is likely caused by a defective design or improper warnings at the intersection.
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