Road hazards are one of the leading causes of crashes on our roads. Whether it’s an icy patch, a pothole, or debris, these road hazards can easily cause drivers to lose control and crash their vehicles.

According to recent statistics from the US Department of Transportation, nearly 1 million car accidents each year involve some form of road hazard. These accidents typically result in vehicle damage, injuries to drivers and passengers, and fatalities.

Some common types of road hazards include:

Other types of road hazards include:

Who Is To Blame for Your Road Hazard Car Accident?

If you suffered an injury in a road hazard accident in Atlanta, you might wonder who is responsible for the crash and your injuries. Unfortunately, road hazard accidents are notoriously complex and require a law firm with experience investigating these complicated accidents.

Who is responsible for these hazards? It depends on the type of hazard.

For example, potholes, broken traffic lights, and faulty streetlights are typically the responsibility of the city or county to repair. In these cases, a local county or state government agency may hold liability for maintaining the road. When they fail to do their job correctly, serious accidents can occur.

However, irresponsible maintenance or construction crews might bear liability for dangerous debris on the road. Suppose a construction company failed to tie down the bed of their truck and secure the load they carried. As a result of their carelessness, the truck dumped pebbles onto the road, causing serious accidents. In this scenario, the trucking company might bear liability for the accidents their negligence caused.

What Can You Do to Prevent Road Hazard Accidents?

Regardless of who is responsible for road hazards, drivers need to be aware of potential dangers on the road and take appropriate steps to avoid them. This means checking your mirrors and blind spots regularly, paying attention to traffic signs and signals, and following all posted speed limits.

Some additional safety tips include:

By following these safety tips, drivers can help reduce their risk of being involved in an accident caused by a road hazard.

Contact Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

The Kim Law Team has helped injured car accident victims after accidents for years. If you suffer an injury in a car accident caused by a road hazard, we can help you pursue justice and hold the negligent entity accountable for your accident.  If it is a city, county, or state agency, you must act quickly to avoid missing critical deadlines.

Our law firm offers FREE initial consultations and reviews, so you can get the answers you need – when you need them. Call 404-587-8946 or fill out our confidential contact form. Just call and JUST WIN.

The Kim Law Team

We are committed to providing world class legal representation. We take pride in providing elite service and delivering outstanding results. An accident can happen to anyone. Resulting injuries and medical bills can turn your life upside down. You are not alone during this physically, emotionally, and financially draining time. Turn to us at this frustrating crossroad.