Who is Responsible for Accidents Caused by Defective Road Conditions?

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Poor drivers on the road are undoubtedly a leading cause of automobile accidents. But what happens when it’s actually the road’s fault that you were in a wreck? This phenomenon occurs far more often than you might think, so it’s absolutely an issue that deserves attention.

At Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law, we believe everyone who suffers a personal injury has a right to be heard. In this guide, we detail the laws surrounding poor road conditions and how they can affect you as a driver. 

We know personal injuries can be devastating, and we want you to know that you have trusted advocates who will fight for your rights. If you were in a car accident and you believe it was due to defective road conditions, call us to secure the services of an accident injury lawyer today.

We specialize in personal injury claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. So buckle up and read on to learn more about your rights as a driver and what steps to take if you’re injured in an automobile accident.

Defective Roads: Who Is Responsible?

If you are in a car wreck that is the result of defective roads, there are several potential government agencies that could be held responsible, including:

1. Federal
2. Local
3. State

But in order to pursue any one of these entities, you need experienced legal counsel in your corner. At Crary Buchanan, we have years of experience handling legal matters of all types, including those involving the government.

We will get to the bottom of which government entity is liable for your car accident and fight to see that you get compensation. In doing so, you can get the funding you need to fix your vehicle, pay for medical expenses, recoup lost wages, and more.

Examples of Defective Roads

When a state, local, or federal agency fails to properly maintain its roadways, it can result in innocent drivers suffering a car accident. There are many ways in which road maintenance negligence can present unsafe driving conditions, including:

1. Missing/damaged traffic signs
2. Worn lane markings
3. Damaged guardrails
4. Uneven pavement
5. Pavement erosion

Let’s look at a few of the most common road hazards that can lead to accidents. 


Potholes can be a serious problem for drivers. Not only can they seriously damage your vehicle, but they can also cause you to lose control while driving. You could end up in a ditch or striking another vehicle as a result. This can lead to personal injuries and expensive damages.

The formation of potholes occurs when groundwater freezes. Upon thawing, the road breaks loose and creates potholes of all shapes and sizes. And as more vehicles drive over them, the potholes can become larger and more dangerous. 

Bad Design

Even a brand new road can pose dangers to drivers if they aren’t designed properly. Bad design can make it more likely for accidents to occur, thus leading to an increase in damages and injuries. This is when you need an accident injury attorney on your side. Your lawyer will collect information about the design and construction of the road and research other accidents that have occurred due to the design.

With this data, your attorney can build your case to present in litigation. Some common examples of bad road design include:

1. Too few signs warning of dangerous conditions
2. Merge lanes that are too short
3. On-ramps that are too short
4. Excessively sharp curves
5. Poor lighting

With so many potentialities for accidents due to bad road design, you need to secure legal counsel to fight for your rights. You don’t have to take on government agencies by yourself. With an experienced law firm in your corner, you can take a stand and seek the compensation you deserve.

Contact Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law and get the legal representation you need. We will fight to see to it that you are made whole.

Contact Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law Today

Crary Buchanan is a general practice law firm dedicated to providing expert legal services in the state of Florida. Our lawyers have significant legal expertise in virtually every major area of law, and most of our associates are Board Certified by the Florida Bar in their respective areas of proficiency. 

This extensive legal experience, coupled with our many years of service and dedication in the community, enables our lawyers to provide comprehensive representation to our clients. So if you need a knowledgeable accident injury attorney, please call or contact the law office of Crary Buchanan today. We proudly serve Stuart and the surrounding areas and are here to assist you with your legal concerns. 

The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.