We often hear of negligent motorists causing accidents, be it from speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, road rage, running red lights or stop signs, or failing to yield the right-of-way. However, there are several situations where auto accidents can be caused due to poor road conditions and hazards.
There are numerous hazards on the road that can pop up unexpectedly, which is why driving with vigilance and knowing what to avoid are key to staying safe. Below are some of the most common road hazards that cause serious accidents in Oklahoma:
Not all road hazards are due to negligence. For instance, weather-related road conditions are a leading cause of car crashes. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reveal that inclement weather is a factor in about 21% of all annual car crashes. Rain, snow, fog, and icy pavement can hinder visibility, reduce the ability to brake, and negatively interfere with vehicle functions.
Cars that hit road debris at high speeds can lead to disaster. Motorists may also cause accidents by swerving while driving to avoid objects in the road. Some debris are due to natural events and include things like branches, rocks, or trees. Others may include tires, car parts, light poles, traffic signs, or other trash. These types of debris can get in the road after car accidents, during construction projects, or due to cargo that has fallen off of a truck.
Poorly Maintained Roads
When roads are not properly maintained, they can develop cracks or potholes. When a car hits a hole on the road, it can lead to a tire blowout and increase the risk of the driver losing control. Other examples of poorly maintained roads include defective traffic signals, failing to maintain traffic signs, lack of guardrails, and faded painted markers on the road.
Roads that were built from defective designs will inherently be more hazardous for drivers and increase the risk of crashes. For instance, if roads were not designed and built with proper drainage, standing water can accumulate in the road and reduce tire traction, which can ultimately lead to hydroplaning. Defective road designs can also include dangerous sharp curves, dips, slopes, or view obstructions.
Liability in an Accident Caused by Road Hazards
Most cases of road hazards involve negligence. This means that, if your auto accident was the result of a road hazard or poor road condition, you have legal grounds to file a claim against the negligent party or entity. Some examples of parties that could be liable for road hazards include:
- Public entities
- Other motorists
- Cargo loading companies
- Construction companies
- Private companies
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