Although many Maryland auto accidents are caused by negligent and reckless drivers, there are a number of accidents caused every year by unsafe road conditions. When a roadway is dangerous to those driving across it, whether because of improper design, hazards that develop over time, or dangerous weather, drivers can be injured in serious accidents.
Most often, hazardous roadway conditions go unnoticed by drivers, leading to accidents that give no warning and little time to react. Drivers should be prepared for these conditions and be aware of what they should do when encountering them.
Dangerous Road Surface Conditions
Dangerous surfaces can include snow, ice, debris, rain, and potholes, all of which can occur due to weather or overuse. These conditions can cause spinouts, inability to brake and damage to parts of the vehicle. Be aware of the weather conditions before and during driving to adjust speed and timing of braking, as well as use necessary equipment like snow tires. Continually scan the road ahead while driving to be aware of dangers.
Although railroad crossings are often marked and include barriers, there are many cars involved in crashes with trains every year, which are often fatal due to the dangerous nature of trains. Buses and some trucks must stop at train tracks, which can lead to rear-end collisions. Always pay attention to upcoming train tracks, watch out for surrounding vehicles, and listen for oncoming trains and/or railroad crossing warnings.
Roadway work zones are often dangerous for those working in them and can result in car accidents due to quickly changing road conditions, loss of lanes, and abrupt speed limit decrease. Drivers must be on the lookout for signs of roadwork and practice extra caution due to sudden changes in roads that can lead to accidents.
Improper or Limited Road Design
Although much thought often goes into roadway design, there can be mistakes made in lane markings, intersections, and roadway access. Also, many roads were designed years ago and did not take into account an increase in constant traffic, creating road conditions that do not suit the traffic of today. Be aware of road design and the ratio of cars to road size to prevent crashes from occurring.
If you have been injured on a dangerous road, the Maryland hazardous roadway lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help you receive your rightful compensation. Call us today at 844-632-7274 for a free case evaluation on your case.