Careless or reckless driving is not the only hazard you can encounter on Brentwood roadways. Sometimes, hazardous conditions can also result in auto accidents. The national highway system has its fair share of uneven roads, potholes, and other road hazards that can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and suffer a serious car accident. 

Hazardous road accidents are often complex as it is challenging to establish liability. If you are a victim of a hazardous road accident, please contact us at Meyers Injury Law to learn how you can recover compensation for your damages. Continue reading to learn more. 

How Do Road Hazards Lead to Car Accidents? 

Unexpected road conditions have a major impact on driving. If a driver encounters a large pothole or debris on the road, they might try to swerve or brake to avoid it, resulting in a collision. 

In some cases, debris can cause damage to the tires or suspension, causing the vehicle to crash. In regions where the roadways are not cleared of snow or there is an oil spill, the slippery conditions can cause the tires to lose their grip. Large potholes or debris can also cause tire blowouts, resulting in a fatal car accident.  

Poor weather can often make road hazards worse. For example, heavy rain or fog can reduce the driver’s ability to see and react to hazards. Traffic congestion, where the driver doesn’t have good visibility of the road can also make road hazards more dangerous. 

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Who Is Liable For Road Hazard Accidents? 

Establishing liability in motor vehicle accidents involves determining who is responsible for causing the accident. The same principle applies to hazardous road accidents. The government agency or individual at fault for creating unsafe road conditions will be liable for the damages to the victims. 

Government entities are responsible for maintaining reasonably safe road conditions. They should clear debris from the road, repair worn-out roads, and fill dangerous potholes. Failure to fulfill their duty can result in potential legal claims. 

This means the potential defendants in road condition accidents include the Brentwood officials who have jurisdiction over the road where the accident happened. The defendants could include government employees directly responsible for the maintenance of the road, contractors, or construction companies. 

In some cases, the utility companies could also be held liable if the lightning conditions caused the accident, or if they left equipment on the road that caused the accident. Traffic violations, such as ignoring traffic signs, drunk driving, distracted driving, or driving above the speed limit can increase the risk of suffering hazardous road motor vehicle accidents. 

Challenges In Brentwood Hazardous Road Motor Vehicle Accidents

While determining who is responsible for your accident is an important step in the legal proceedings, there are several other challenges in the process. Along with the usual challenges of gathering evidence to support your claim, you will have to follow strict procedures for challenging government entities.  This may include a shorter statute of limitations so you must initiate legal action as soon as possible. 

The law recognizes numerous immunities for government entities and filing a claim against them is often challenging. However, with the legal guidance and representation of our attorney, you can build a strong case and get the financial compensation you deserve. For the best possible outcome for your case, we encourage you to involve our legal firm early in the process. 

What To Do After a Hazardous Road Accident 

If you are involved in a hazardous road accident, you must ensure your safety and the safety of others involved in the car crash. Move to a safe location and seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you don’t appear to have serious injuries, you should still get a medical check-up. Keep a record of your medical bills as they can be used as evidence.  

Call 911 to report the accident. If possible, document the scene so you can use that as evidence in your claim. Finally, you need to notify your insurance company and consult an attorney. 

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer 

If you need a seasoned hazardous road accident lawyer in Brentwood, contact us at Meyers Injury Law. We have experience in such cases and can help you get full and fair compensation for your motor vehicle accident. 

You can learn more about Meyers Injury Law’s experience in handling hazardous road accident cases by visiting our hazardous road accidents page. You can also explore our practice areas, including car accidents and motorcycle accidents. To delve into other practice areas, such as personal injury cases, or to schedule a free initial consultation with a Brentwood injury attorney, we encourage you to contact our team. For further details on how we can assist you, please visit our personal injury page.