Maryland Dangerous Roadway Lawyers
Most people assume that auto collisions are caused by the negligence of one or more drivers. A number of vehicle accident fatalities and injuries, however, are also caused by dangerous roadways and intersections. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a crash in Maryland, it is very important to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway and/or intersection was a factor in the crash.
What Happens after a Freeway Accident?
Whether your crash occurs on a freeway, a city street, a roadway on an unincorporated area or a rural road, the responsibility of maintaining that roadway and making it safe for commuters rests on a public or governmental agency such as a city, county or state. If you suffer an injury or lose a loved one in an accident caused by a hazardous condition on one of these public roadways then the agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the resulting collision, injuries and loss.
Top Causes of Accidents
There are different types of dangers motorists are faced with on a public roadway. Roadway defects that commonly cause accidents include:
- Badly maintained streets (e.g. potholes, cracks)
- Intersections where visibility is an issue
- Debris on the roadway
- Inadequate signage
- Signage that has been obscured by walls, trees or other greenery
- Traffic signal malfunctions
- Lack of notification in construction zones
- Broken or twisted freeway guardrails that have not been repaired
The primary duty of government is public safety. While cities and counties spend millions on police enforcement and fire operations as they should, very few city officials consider safe roadways a top priority. Street improvements fall through the cracks in today’s environment of budget deficits and economic crisis. What governmental agencies do not realize is that by ignoring or neglecting deficient roadways they are putting commuters at risk.
Need the Best Lawyers in Maryland?
Litigation against governmental agencies is complex. If you or someone you love has been severely injured in an auto collision and you believe the cause may be because of a hazardous roadway or intersection, please call an experienced Waldorf MD car crash lawyer at Alpert Schreyer, LLC to discuss your case.