Experienced Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for the Rights of Victims Injured in Roadway Maintenance Accidents
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The proper maintenance of roads is a full-time job for the parties responsible. Whether the road is the responsibility of a township, city, county, the state or a private entity, failure to keep the roadways in a safe condition may create dangerous driving conditions for motorists. According to the Federal Highway Administration, improper maintenance is a significant danger that results in thousands of injuries and deaths throughout the United States each year.
At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we represent victims and family members who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a roadway maintenance issue. With more than 15 years of experience representing Baltimore injury victims, we have the knowledge and skill needed to help you understand your legal rights and your options for pursuing compensation for your losses.
What types of roadway maintenance issues cause accidents?
The process of maintaining a roadway is complex, and involves a wide range of procedures and processes. Should any one of these processes go awry or be overlooked, the potential for an accident greatly increases.
Roadway maintenance factors that may lead to an accident include:
- Signage issues: Traffic control devices, such as signs and lights, play a large role in keeping motorists safe each day. When a sign or light becomes damaged, stolen or faded, drivers may become confused or lack the information needed to make safe decisions on the road. Even something as seemingly minor as a yield sign being twisted out of place may result in a serious accident with devastating results.
- Roadway debris: The party responsible for maintaining a roadway likely employs a crew tasked with removing debris from the road as quickly as possible. Failure to remove roadway debris, such as animal carcasses and other objects that have fallen from passing vehicles creates the risk of an accident as drivers are likely to hit the material or swerve dangerously to avoid the object.
- Lighting problems: Maintaining proper lighting conditions is a serious challenge for crews tasked with the job. The failure to replace dim or blown bulbs, or to address wiring issues, may result in dangerous driving conditions. Just as dangerous are roads that are too well light, or have lights that shine directly into drivers’ eyes. In either case, the potential for a tragic accident is significant.
- Visibility issues: The ability to see clearly is one of the most important issues for motorists; if a driver is unable to properly see the roadway ahead, or to monitor other drivers at cross streets or intersections, accidents may occur. Visibility issues caused by improper landscaping or shrubbery maintenance, dangerous curves and other obstructions are a significant risk.
- Infrastructure issues: The safety of a roadway starts with the materials it is constructed with. If improper or inferior materials are used to build the road, issues are very likely to occur in the future. In many cases, these issues are unpredictable and sudden, and present serious danger to motorists. Potholes, dips, bumps and fracturing roadways are common causes of roadway maintenance-related accidents.
- Weather: Maryland winters can become brutal at times, with snowstorms and freezing rain blanketing the roadways. The responsible party should make every possible effort to clear snow from the road, salt or sand the road to reduce ice buildup and take steps to divert traffic from overly dangerous stretches of roadway. If proper maintenance is not conducted during and after a snowfall, drivers are at serious risk of being involved in an accident.
Who holds liability for damages resulting from roadway maintenance accidents?
One of the first steps in the pursuit of compensation for your losses is to identify the party or parties that were negligent in the maintenance of the roadway.
Unfortunately, determining the party responsible for the maintenance of the roadway in question can be difficult as several municipalities may lay claim to the possession of the road. This is especially true when the road in question crosses a geographic line, such as a county or state border.
Determining the liable party becomes even more challenging when the initial construction and ongoing maintenance of the road is funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation. The funding entity, as well as the entity responsible managing the actual physical work of maintaining the road may hold responsibility.
Our attorneys have the knowledge and research tactics needed to root through the complexities of roadway maintenance accidents and identifying the liable party or parties. Once liability has been determined, we draft legal strategies that create the strongest case for compensation, and offer you the best chance of success.
Do not wait to take action – contact our Baltimore roadway accident firm today
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident caused by roadway maintenance issues, it is important to take action immediately. Building a case for compensation can be difficult as evidence decays – when government entities are involved, the process becomes that much more challenging.
The moment you retain our Baltimore personal injury lawyers at Mallon & McCool, LLC, we begin gathering the evidence and information needed to file your claim and build your case for compensation.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your roadway maintenance accident case, call our Baltimore personal injury law firm at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online today.