Milwaukee, Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer
Some of the many serious auto accidents that occur every day are caused by defective roadways. The upkeep and care of roadways is the responsibility of the federal, state, county, or city agencies. Because of this, it may difficult to determine who is at fault. Different individuals, businesses, government entities may all be involved in a defective roadway claim.
Defective roadways cause auto accidents that result in serious injuries and death. These may be the result of something that occurs only once, but many are the result of on-going problems. Some defective roadways have a history of causing auto accidents, and these problems may be known by those who can fix the road to make it safe. In some cases, the roadway remains dangerous until the negligent party is brought to court and penalized.
Examples of roadway defects include:
- Failure to post signals and warning signs
- Inadequate or malfunctioning signals or signs
- Debris on the road that has not been moved
- Excessive oil or gravel
- Shoulder drop-offs
- Inadequate or insufficient notice of changes in the shoulder
- Inadequate or insufficient notice of construction zones, traffic mergers, or hazardous weather conditions
- Improper road design
Showing Roadways are Defective
Although some defects in the road may be obvious, they may not be visible in time for you to avoid them and an accident. Knowing that your auto accident was caused by a defective roadway is important in collecting evidence before the defect can be corrected. If it is not known that a defect caused your accident, it may only become known through witnesses and those involved in the auto accident.
Because defective roadways often have a documented history of problems, you would think that the error would be corrected by responsible parties. However, this is not always the case. It can be very expensive to correct defective roadways and this correction may be interpreted by some as an admission of guilt. This might open up the responsible party to multiple lawsuits.
If you believe your auto accident was caused by a defective roadway in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin or surrounding areas, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm to set up an initial consultation.