At the end of a typical work day, thousands of Californians are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and many take side streets to avoid wear and tear on their vehicles. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for keeping the roads safe and free of dangerous conditions. The condition of any road will greatly affect the safety of drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists, as well as all vehicle passengers. As citizens and motorists, we are entitled to drive on public roads that are properly constructed and maintained. Improperly maintained roads and improperly designed roadways and highways cause thousands of serious accidents each year nationwide.
For example, road design, such as the rate of incline, road texture, and the angles of road curves can all affect how a vehicle handles on the road. Flaws in these, as well as other areas of road design, place drivers at risk for potentially fatal accidents. With California roads in varying states of repair and constantly under construction, many drivers are at risk for serious injuries. Appropriate warning signs must be visible at all road repair and road construction sites to inform drivers of the road work ahead. In many situations, innocent drivers are seriously injured in accidents because signs are not posted or visible.
Statistic: While Caltrans is responsible for keeping roads safe, accidents on highways are reported to California Highway Patrol (CHP). According to the most recent available data from CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 2,995 persons killed, 226,544 persons injured, 2,758 fatal collisions, and 159,696 injury collisions in 2012.
Although most drivers are observant of their surroundings while driving, dangerous accidents occur every day in California, many due to hazardous roadway conditions. These accidents may result in head and brain injuries, paralysis, amputation, fractured bones, and other serious and even fatal injuries. Some dangerous roadway conditions that may cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers include:
- Construction zones, especially those without proper and visible signs
- Debris in the road
- Inadequate lighting, making landmarks and pedestrians difficult to see
- Poor road design, such as narrow lanes and excessive wear and tear
- Potholes, loose gravel and other pavement hazards
- Unsafe guardrails
- Weather conditions causing slippery roads and difficulty seeing, including rain, fog, hail, sleet and ice patches
Vititoe Law Group, is committed to protecting our clients' rights and has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to succeed in the most challenging and complex automobile accident injury and dangerous roadway accident cases.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to dangerous road conditions, call us or contact us online to talk with an experienced lawyer about your injuries. You may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, as well as loss of wages, vehicle repair, medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you anywhere in California. If you are outside the state, we can work by phone, fax, email or other method of communication. We work on a contingency fee basis: no charge to you unless we win a positive outcome for you.