Seattle Dangerous Road Accident Lawyers
Most car crashes are caused by driver negligence. Some crashes, however, are caused by a hazardous condition on a roadway or a dangerously designed roadway. In such cases, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining or designing that roadway could be held liable. Holding a governing body liable for a dangerous roadway is not easy and it often requires the help and guidance of a skilled Seattle auto accident attorney.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our legal team understands the obstacles in these cases, but can help you overcome them. To learn more through a no-cost consultation, call us at (888) 228-3860.
Dangerous Road Accident Recoveries
- $1,625,000 recovery for a wrongful death claim for the family of a man killed as the result of a highway design defect.
The governing body in charge of a roadway is responsible for its design and upkeep. Here are a few examples of dangerous road conditions that may result in collision:
- Potholes and Uneven Surfaces: Potholes in the roadway can damage a car or cause a smaller vehicle, such as a bicycle or a motorcycle, to veer out of control. Uneven and loose surfaces can also cause a vehicle to swerve or have trouble braking. These types of hazardous conditions must be repaired immediately.
- Defective Design: This could include dangerous slopes, dips, and curves to entrance and exit ramps that do not allow for safe merging. Absence of proper signage can also be dangerous.
- Lack of Safety: In some cases, serious pedestrian accidents can occur because there are no crosswalks provided at a certain location. In other cases, although crosswalks are provided, they may not be properly visible to motorists exposing pedestrians to more danger. Bicyclists face hazards when there are no bike lanes.
Did the condition of the roadway cause an injury? Was the government aware of the problem and failed to fix it? Was there ample time to rectify the problem? Does that location have a history of injury accidents? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, the injured victim of the dangerous roadway accident in Seattle may have a viable claim against the government. It takes an experienced and tenacious Seattle dangerous road accident lawyer to pursue a case against a governmental entity, which almost always involves additional procedures and red tape.
A civil lawsuit against the governing body in charge of a dangerous roadway could result in compensation for the damages suffered in the crash. Losses may include:
- Emergency room costs
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Disability coverage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Long-term care, if the injuries are catastrophic in nature
Seattle motorists should exercise great caution when traversing certain streets, highways, and intersections that are known to be accident hotspots, including the following:
- Highway 2
- Interstate 5
- Aurora Avenue North
- Pike Street
- 9th and James
- 3rd Avenue and Pike Street
- 8th Avenue and Pike Street
- Northwest 85th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest
- East Thomas Street and 11th Avenue East
- Westlake Avenue North and Valley Street
Unfortunately, it can prove difficult to secure adequate funding for these types of programs, important as they may be. Many governmental agencies also put traffic safety projects in the back burner because of funding issues. There are several safety grant programs governmental agencies can utilize to make their cities and communities safer.
A number of major highway safety organizations as well as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have joined forces to request congress to fully fund Section 405. It is a performance-based incentive program to help states address key areas of safety, including:
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Motorcycle safety
- Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws
- Occupant protection
According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), failure to fund Section 405 can result in a significant increase in traffic fatalities across the county. Without federal support, states such as Washington will experience a significant reduction in funding.
Section 405 is certainly one of the most important and comprehensive highway safety programs, but it is not the only government program that helps saves lives. The Highway Safety Act of 1966 authorized the first federal highway safety program, Section 402. Congress has revised, updated, and added safety grant programs through the creation of incentive grants, penalties, and sanctions. Section 402 provides grants to states to improve driver behavior and reduce injuries and fatalities suffered in vehicle-related crashes. Section 154 encourages states to enact an open container law. Section 164 encourages states to enact a repeat offender law. Under various other behavioral highway safety programs, states can receive funding to increase safety belt use, prevent racial profiling, and raise awareness about proper child safety and child booster seat use.
In addition to grants and safety programs, there are many ways that the government can help prevent traffic accidents. DUI roadblocks and saturation patrols have proven effective in catching drunk drivers. Graduated Driver Licensing programs and distracted driving awareness programs have helped prevent teen driver fatalities. Remaining committed to designing and maintaining safe roadways can also help prevent tragic accidents.
The experienced Seattle injury attorneys of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have an excellent track record of successfully representing injured victims and their families in cases involving government liability. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a dangerous or defective roadway, please call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.
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