Have you been the victim of an accident due to road hazards? Accidents involving road hazards occur wholly or partly due to debris, such as rocks, trees, mud, potholes, or other obstacles, and have the potential to cause serious bodily injury to drivers and passengers. The absence of appropriate road signs may also pose unforeseen hazards to drivers.
Although you try to drive safely and remain alert for potential hazards, some of these perils cannot be avoided in time to prevent an accident. A person who has suffered this type of accident is susceptible to serious injuries that include broken bones, whiplash, brain or internal injuries, and death.
Many drivers have likely experienced a number of road hazards during their lifetime. You may have been driving down a road with extremely dim lighting and, before you saw it, a deer appeared on the road. This dim lighting is a road hazard and should have been fixed by the appropriate government agency. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation encourages drivers to report to law enforcement all information about damaged roads that pose a hazard to motorists; however, this does not always happen.
If you see a hazard while driving, it is important to contact law enforcement so the hazard can be promptly removed. The best way to protect yourself from being a victim of this type of car accident is to always remain alert while driving and avoid any distractions.
Sorting out the issues of liability is challenging in many vehicle accident cases, which is why you need an lawyer to help with your claim. In addition to medical bills and damage caused to your vehicle, you may also seek to recover compensation for lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
If you think your injuries are due to the carelessness of a government agency or an individual who did not maintain a property, you may have a claim of negligence against them. Victims have the right to hold liable the party who caused their harm. The responsible party may be the local municipality that did not maintain safe road conditions. In other cases, the party may be a property owner who is responsible for a hazard on the road. For example, if a tree limb from a property collapses and causes an obstruction on the road and hinders the safety of drivers, then the property owner can be held liable for not keeping the road free of dangerous hazards.
The Tatum Law Firm is committed to helping clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Whether it is a fender bender or a crash that resulted in devastating injuries, you can trust lawyer Brian Steed Tatum to handle it. Our legal team has handled numerous cases involving almost all types of car accidents. We will carefully assess the facts of your case and provide you with your legal options for recovery. For a free evaluation of your case, please contact us today at (704) 307-4350.