One often overlooked culprit of many Broward County auto accidents is a dangerous road condition. Federal, state, and local city governments are required to properly design, build, and maintain safe roadways for today’s drivers. When governments ignore their responsibility to do so, it is as if they are placing a well intentioned driver behind the eight ball. If road conditions are hazardous, avoiding an auto accident may be nearly impossible.
What is the government’s role in road design and maintenance?
The government that owns the roadway must provide proper road design. Examples of road design include posting intersection signs to control traffic and speed, providing adequate drainage, correct placement of warning signs, repairing potholes, guardrails, and monitoring safe speed limits. Although the design entity is expected to build to the standards set at the time of construction, they may neglect improvement that is required. If proof for an increase in accidents is provided, then the government entity is held responsible for improving the design to meet modern standards.
The government is also responsible for adequate road maintenance which includes replacing damaged traffic signs and signals, repainting lines, and removing overgrown shrubbery that may obstruct vision. If an individual can show that there is a history of auto accidents in a certain area caused by negligence of road maintenance, then the municipality has a duty to repair and prevent the hazard.
It is not easy to prove that an auto accident was caused by dangerous road conditions that are ill designed or poorly maintained by a large government entity. If you or a loved one has suffered from an auto accident that may be caused by dangerous road conditions, it is vital to speak with a skilled South Florida auto accident attorney today about your case. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or[number type=”1″].