Phoenix Hazardous Roadway Accident Lawyers
Vehicle Accidents on Dangerous Roads
Although many vehicle accidents are the result of driver error or negligence, there are other dangers out on the road. Hazardous roadways can lead to wrecks involving single vehicles, multiple vehicles, and even travelers not in a vehicle.
We expect roadways in Arizona to be safe and well-maintained, but design flaws, ongoing construction, natural wear and tear that needs fixing, and poor planning can sometimes leave you out to dry...or in a ditch.
If you were involved in a collision caused by hazardous road conditions, you're going to need all the help you can get. Usually, personal injury claims like these involve going after a government entity, and there are specific rules for filing and completely different deadlines. It’s vital to have a personal injury attorney on your side who knows Arizona’s local rules and has experience with hazardous roadway accidents in particular, like the attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
What Are Common Road Hazards in Phoenix?
When you're thinking about hazardous roadways, you're thinking about potholes and construction zones. But two of the most common hazards on the road are:
- No guardrails, which can keep you from going off the road in bad weather, or
- Poor lighting conditions.
Both of these hazards can cause problems for drivers on the road, and result in serious injuries when they contribute to a crash.
Other major hazards include debris like trash, abandoned furniture, fallen tree branches, and also animals, like burros and cattle, walking down the side of the road. Construction debris left on the sides of the road can also play a major role in accidents and poses a serious hazard to all types of travelers.
What Should I Do If a Road Hazard Caused My Crash?
As in any other accident, get medical attention first. Take photos of the scene and especially the hazard that caused your crash.
Many victims of these accidents think that the only recourse they have is to file a claim with their insurance company for comprehensive coverage. Not true.
Actually, if you were injured in an accident that was partly or completely caused by hazards on the road, then those responsible for keeping the roads well-maintained may be held liable. For example, if your crash involved construction equipment left lying in the street, you not only have the right to hold the road maintenance company or municipality accountable, but also the construction company that left the debris.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Hazardous Roads?
That depends. Who is responsible for maintaining the road? Is it the city government, county, federal, or other municipality? Depending on the cause of the accident, liability will change. That’s why it’s so vital to speak to an attorney about your claim.
For example, inside city limits, stop signs must be clearly visible. If a tree grows to cover the sign, and an accident occurs because someone couldn’t see it; how is it the driver’s fault? It would be the fault of the city’s public works department, which did not keep the stop sign visible, and directly contributed to the crash.
Roads are the responsibility of the government, whether city, county, state, or federal. They are therefore liable for damage that results when roads aren’t "reasonably" safe. But in order to make your claim for compensation, you must prove that the government either knew or should have known about the hazard, and did not repair it in a reasonable amount of time. Plus, there are stricter deadlines for filing such a claim. This is where help from a skilled car accident attorney in Phoenix can make a difference in your case and in your recovery.
Contact a Phoenix Hazardous Road Accident Attorney at for a Free Consultation
Attorneys who understand hazardous roadways and how they contribute to accidents, like those at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., can help you build a strong case against those responsible for the roadways. We work with you to get you the right medical coverage, and the highest compensation possible. For help with your accident, reach out to The Husband and Wife Law Team at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation now.