accidents caused by bad roadway

Car accidents are an unfortunate aspect of driving that almost everyone will have to experience at some point in their lives. There are many different types of car accidents, and most of them will involve some paperwork and an insurance claim. A car accident can lead to loss of income, permanent injuries and increased insurance premiums. Understanding common causes of car accidents can help you avoid them.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

There are many possible causes of car accidents. Each one has unique consequences that can vary in severity. Below are some of the most common causes:

  • Speeding
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Driving while distracted
  • Disobeying or not understanding lights and signs
  • Design defects in the vehicle
  • Turning improperly
  • Potholes
  • Animals in the way
  • Tire blowouts

As you can see, some of these causes can be entirely avoided. However, many of them are due to conditions that are beyond your control, such as bad roadways. How are drivers supposed to legally handle these situations?

What Do I Need to Know About Car Accidents Caused by Bad Roadways?

Anyone who has experienced a car accident that is due to bad roadways needs to know how to handle these unique cases. Below are a few common examples of external conditions that can cause car accidents:

  • Lack of appropriate road markings
  • Road not plowed or salted during the winter
  • Damaged or missing signs
  • Road materials not up to par
  • Landscaping obstructs vision
  • Poorly graded curves and uneven shoulders
  • Guardrails in disrepair

If you’ve experienced an accident related to any of the above causes, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, the government is primarily responsible for maintaining safe roadway conditions. According to Carolina bar restrictions, state-run agencies have something called sovereign immunity, a legal statute that makes them immune from lawsuits.

However, there are exceptions to sovereign immunity. With the help of a talented attorney, a lawsuit may be filed if it can be proven that a government agency demonstrated gross negligence that resulted in an accident. Proving gross negligence will not be an easy task, though. A plaintiff will need to gather as much evidence as possible. When filing a police report after an accident, the driver should ask the officer to include that the bad roadways were a factor in causing the accident. Witnesses and photographs should also be provided.

Do you feel that your accident was caused by bad road conditions as a result of government negligence? You’ll need the right attorney at your side to succeed in taking on the state. We’re here to help. Give Campbell & Associates a call today, and we will discuss your case.

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