The Dangers Of Hazardous Roadways In Northern California

The Dangers Of Hazardous Roadways In Northern California

Even if the vehicles on the road are operating properly and all drivers are driving carefully, there is no guarantee that you will not be involved in a California traffic accident due to a dangerous roadway condition. On public roads, the government (federal, state and local) is responsible to design roadways to affect our traveling needs. The government must not only design and construct the roadways (including medians, shoulders, lights, road signs, etc.) non-negligently, it must maintain those roads properly to achieve the goal of providing a safe driving experience.

With reference to traffic signals alone, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has, in an effort to provide safe roadways, published a voluminous manual on design, operation, and phasing of lights to avoid traffic collisions. Even so, the best design and operation can become defective due to negligent maintenance of that equipment.

In an intersection, when turn arrows are activated at the same time as green lights for cross traffic, the result is a dangerous roadway accident. When that happens, even though no driver may have done anything wrong, someone will suffer physical, emotional, and financial injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a governmental entity not maintaining a dangerous roadway condition, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, such as property loss, and injuries, including medical bills, loss of income, and emotional and mental distress. The dedicated Pleasanton traffic accident lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to receive. Call us at (800) 900-0863 for a free consultation.