Looking out for distracted, reckless or irresponsible drivers on the road seems like a daunting enough challenge these days without the need to avoid road hazards that threaten you and those with whom you need to share the roads. The Illinois auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize the role that debris, poorly maintained roads and other hazards can play in accidents and are able to pursue the parties responsible for placing motorists at risk when their inaction or negligence result in serious injury. If you have been in an accident and you feel that road conditions or preventable hazards played a significant role, it may be possible to recover damages from the entity responsible for maintaining the road the accident occurred on.Types of Road Hazards
There are many hazards you are likely to encounter on Illinois’s roads. From potholes that appear throughout the winter and spring to construction equipment, road debris, malfunctioning traffic control devices to improper road signage, the potential for disaster is very real. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers have encountered clients who have been injured in accidents involving the following hazards.
- Road debris left behind following adverse weather or car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Fallen tree branches, downed power lines and scattered debris left following an accident all present potential risks for other motorists.
- Damaged utility lines. Broken water mains, leaking gas lines and power related hazards can put motorists at risk if the damaged line runs near or underneath a highly trafficked roadway.
- Improperly maintained roads. Uneven pavement, potholes and worn bridges can all be contributing factors in accidents, especially when the hazard causes a tire blowout or mechanical failure.
- Objects falling from other vehicles. Loose cargo falling off the back of a semi-trailer or out of a vehicle’s truck can cause multi-vehicle accidents that leave a path of devastation in their wake.
- Poorly maintained foliage that obstructs motorists’ views of the road. Obstructed views at major intersections can result in severe or deadly accidents by forcing drivers to move into the road without knowing whether another vehicle is approaching.
- The presence of road construction machinery and equipment. Road construction crews that operate on or near the road need to take proper measures to ensure that they do not back up into traffic or cause disruptions which can result in an accident.
- Malfunctioning traffic signals, poorly placed signage and improper lane markings. Traffic control devices help to ensure that traffic is able to flow efficiently and safely. Malfunctioning equipment and poorly placed signs can send vehicles into harm’s way.
Government institutions are normally immune to civil suits, but the law does allow those who have been injured by road hazards to file claims if poor road maintenance contributed to their accidents. Our Illinois auto accident attorneys have extensive knowledge of the laws that apply when filing these claims and have helped thousands of clients whose car, truck and motorcycle accidents resulted from negligent maintenance practices, poorly designed roads or malfunctioning equipment. Our experience and expertise can maximize the value of your case by providing another avenue toward collecting the compensation you deserve.Multiple Parties May be at Fault for Your Accident
It is possible for multiple parties to share liability if it can be proven that each party acted in a negligent manner. Such examples include accidents caused by a road hazard that a negligent driver failed to avoid or an equipment malfunction caused by a defective vehicle component or machine. If an accident is caused by a poorly marked construction zone, the government and construction company may both share liability if it can be proven that the machine operator didn’t take appropriate precautions. Cases involving shared liability can be extremely complex because each party involved will fight to limit its own financial responsibility while attempting to deflect liability onto other parties.
The first step we take when handling these types of cases is to reconstruct the accident using evidence found on the scene and the testimony of witnesses so that we can determine exactly what happened leading up to the accident. Once we have determined the exact cause of the accident, we can then determine which parties are at fault and pursue an appropriate amount of compensation based on the overall value of your case and each party’s role in the accident.Let Us Review Your Case for Free
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has provided award winning legal services to thousands of clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in an accident, we can help you recover the maximum amount of compensation allowed under law so that you are able to receive the best medical treatment available without an additional burden on your finances. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys where you can learn more about the legal process and how we can help.
Our Illinois auto accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, allowing us to provide high quality service to anyone, regardless of their financial means. We will never require payment upfront for our services and only accept payment after we have secured payment on our clients’ behalves. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you are assured that our services will be free of charge.