Hazardous Roadways

There are many potential causes of Miami car accidents and not all of them involve human error. One commonly overlooked cause of injury accidents is a dangerous or hazardous roadway. Insurance companies and police officers are quick to assume that a driver is to blame for an accident. In cases where auto accidents are caused by dangerous or hazardous roadways, injured victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer to examine their legal rights and options.

Types of Hazardous Roadways

There are many types of dangerous roadways that can lead to a Miami car accident. A few of the most common forms of hazardous conditions include:

  • Dangerous Curves: Improper roadway design can result in dangerous curves or blind intersections that are likely to throw off motorists.
  • Lack of Guard Rails: Many roadways should have guardrails or center dividers to protect motorists.
  • Poorly Maintained Roads: Roads with uneven pavements and potholes can be extremely hazardous to motorists. Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to poorly maintained highways.
  • Poor Visibility: The governing body in charge of the roadway must make sure that foliage does not block visibility of street signs and traffic lights. Lack of proper lighting on roadways can also cause serious bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
  • Poorly Designed Intersections: A review of the history of a street intersection can help determine if that a particular location is inherently dangerous to motorists.
Florida is home to the Country's Most Dangerous Roadway

A hazardous roadway typically has steep turns, sudden dips and potholes. Some roadways, however, simply have a long history of being home to fatal car accidents. According to a report by The Daily Beast, the Interstate 95 in Florida is considered the nation's deadliest interstate. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 662 fatal crashes resulting in 765 deaths on the I-95 between the years of 2004 and 2008. It is unclear from the report how many of these deaths were caused by the upkeep and design of the roadway but these statistics clearly show a history of dangerous conditions.

Evidence and Liability Issues

Not only will an injured victim need to prove that a hazardous roadway caused the crash, but he or she will also have to prove that the government was aware of the condition and neglected to fix the problem. A skilled attorney can look into the history of a location and sort through complaints and comments about the site to show a history of neglect. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to hold a governing body liable for the accidents caused by a dangerous roadway.

There are strict statutes of limitations when it comes to a government claim. This means that if time lapses, then, victims may not be able to seek any compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous roadway, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the law offices of Ruth E. Johnson for a free and comprehensive consultation.