When two cars collide, the most common response is usually, “Someone is to blame here.” The truth is, not all car crashes are solely the fault of a negligent driver. Many of Alabama’s roads are in serious disrepair, and those road defects make driving unsafe for everyone.

What constitutes a road defect?

Road defects are sometimes related to physical damage, sometimes related to poor design and planning, and sometimes related to lack of maintenance. You may even hit then “trifecta” and skid out on a road that exhibits all three. Some of the more common examples include:

  • Crumbling tarmac and loose gravel
  • Potholes
  • Drainage issues
  • Deficient paving
  • Unfinished milling
  • Lack of road signs and streetlights
  • Missing/broken lights, traffic signals, roads signs, and guardrails
  • Unmarked construction and work zones
  • Faded lines
  • Unsafe intersection designs
  • Untrimmed foliage
  • Unsafe curves and hills

The type of damage or defect matters because it may affect liability – who is responsible for your crash and resulting injuries. If a distracted driver takes a curve too fast and hits you head on, that driver is likely liable for your injuries. However, if a driver enters a one-way street not knowing it was a one-way street from lack of signage, then the city, state, or even federal government may be partially liable, too.

What kinds of injuries do defective roadway accidents cause?

Roadway defects often cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Head-on crashes can be deadly, and T-bone and side-swipe collisions can cause rollovers. The more common injuries from defective roadway accidents include:

  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Bone fractures
  • Loss of limbs
  • Permanent scars
  • Wrongful death

When it comes to protecting ourselves from these types of accidents, the smartest thing we can do is report defective roadways to our local townships. Call your local public works department, or even the non-emergency police line, and tell them if you see a sinkhole opening up, or a broken guardrail. Report any downed power lines to the electric company. Let your township manager know if there are intersections that need their lights replaced, or if the lines are faded. And if you do get hurt in a crash, call an experienced Alabama car accident attorney and talk about your next steps.

The Mezrano Law Firm proudly represents Alabama car accident victims. If a defective or dangerous road played a role in your accident, we want to help. With locations in Birmingham, Florence, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa, we are here to serve your legal needs. Please call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form today.