Accidents Caused by Defective Roadways
Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers in Newport News, Roanoke & Nearby Areas of Virginia
Every city has stretches of road that people know to be inherently dangerous. State, county, and city government entities have a responsibility to recognize these safety problems and correct them. If a road hazard goes ignored for too long and causes a car accident, these agencies and other parties involved can be held responsible for a person’s injuries and losses.
Types of Road Hazards
Some examples of hazardous road conditions that should be corrected include:
- Bad construction
- Lack of proper warning signs or signals
- Shoulder drop-offs or lack of guardrails
- Road debris that has not been removed in a timely manner
- Malfunctioning traffic lights
Even the most careful and diligent driver can be caught off-guard by dangerous conditions like these. When serious accidents occur that could have been easily prevented by proper road management, you as the victim deserve compensation – especially if the problem has been ongoing, with a recorded history of other accidents caused by the same road defect.
If the responsible parties are aware of the road’s defects and have simply failed to take the necessary action to improve them, they can be penalized in court for negligence and wrongdoing.
Responsible Parties in Defective Roadway Cases
Depending on the type of hazard that caused your car accident, the parties that can be held responsible in a defective roadway case might include:
- The agency responsible for road maintenance
- The manufacturer of the defective materials used in construction (i.e. of a guardrail)
- A contractor responsible for placing warning signs in a construction area
Sometimes, accidents that initially seem to be the result of driver error are in fact caused by roadway hazards and defects. Often, none of the people involved in the accident are even aware that a road defect contributed to the wreck until an investigation takes place.
The team of Norfolk car accident lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman PC can investigate your accident in detail, gathering statements from witnesses and uncovering other evidence that paints a complete and thorough picture of the accident scene. If it is revealed that a roadway defect was a strong contributing factor in your accident, we can help you recover the compensation you need from the people responsible.
If you or one of your loved ones has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by a defective roadway in Virginia, please contact our experienced car accident attorneys in Norfolk today online or by calling (855) 880-8163 for a free consultation. We serve clients in the Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Roanoke, Newport News, and Virginia Beach areas.