Road Hazards: Auto Accidents and Dangerous Curves
Most drivers are safe and responsible when they get behind the wheels of their vehicles. They heed the rules of the roads, paying attention to traffic signs and doing whatever they can to avoid catastrophic auto accidents. When they see signs warning of dangerous curves ahead, they slow down and take proper precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road. When accidents do occur involving curves in the road, they are usually the result of drivers ignoring these warning signs by driving too fast or otherwise driving recklessly.
This isn’t always the case, however. Some auto accidents involving dangerous curves are absolutely not the fault of the driver. If there is insufficient warning of a dangerous curve or no warning whatsoever, a driver who is unfamiliar with the road cannot reasonably be expected to anticipate the hazards that lie ahead. Likewise, if the road or guardrail is poorly maintained, then the road could be unforeseeably dangerous to drive upon. Whatever the case, victims of auto accidents on such roads may be able to obtain compensation from the party or parties responsible for maintaining these roads by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
At Charpentier Law Firm, we have a long history of success in handling claims involving auto accidents and dangerous curves. Our Melbourne, FL personal injury attorneys have the skills and resources to provide you with the outstanding legal representation you need if you or a member of your family has been seriously injured, or if you have tragically lost a family member, in an auto accident caused by a dangerous curve.
When Can another Party Be Held Liable for an Auto Accident Caused by a Dangerous Curve?
Auto accident cases involving dangerous curves can be highly complex because they often bring into play government entities, which more times than not are responsible for the maintenance of roads. In most cases, government entities are immune from lawsuits; special circumstances must exist for a lawsuit to be successful. Our attorneys are able to present the strongest cases possible against government entities, definitively proving that they were negligent in their duties to maintain safe roads for drivers.
Another party can be held liable for injuries or deaths suffered in an auto accident caused by a dangerous curve if our attorneys can show that:
- The design of the road was defective and that there were safer, equally cost-effective alternatives that could and should have been explored.
- Clear warning signs of the dangerous curve had been removed without being replaced, been obscured by nature to the point that they couldn’t be seen, or been allowed to deteriorate to the point that they couldn’t be read at the time of the accident.
- The materials used in the road or in the guardrail were defective and therefore contributed to the accident.
- The road was poorly maintained - for example, it contained potholes that contributed to the accident.
Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Auto Accident Case
To arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case involving dangerous curves, please contact Charpentier Law Firm today.