In most motor vehicle accidents, the negligence of one of the drivers is the sole or primary cause of the crash. However, there are circumstances where poor, unsafe or negligent road design is a contributing factor. Unfortunately, many times these accidents lead to death on the highways and roadways. This blog post identifies the situations where you may have a claim for compensation because of unsafe road design. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your interests.
Circumstances Involving Unsafe Road Design
Poor road design can include:
- Curves or bends in the road that are too severe or that are improperly banked, causing drivers to cut the corner or lose control of the vehicle. This can result in deadly motor vehicle accidents caused by head-on collisions or rollovers.
- Exit or entrance ramps that are either too short or have turns that are too severe
- Interchanges that require rapid lane changing in high speed traffic
- Roads that are too narrow to accommodate traffic or that have inadequate shoulders or emergency areas
- Roads that have long stretches of unchanging direction, leading drivers to drift or lose concentration
- Roads that fail to account for congestion or the volume of traffic at all times of the day
- Roads that do not allow for pedestrian or bicyclist safety
- Roads that are made of materials or are constructed in ways that cause the roadbed to unreasonably deteriorate
- Roads that accumulate water or ice and pose significant danger of loss of control of a vehicle
- Roads that have blind corners or where your line of sight is impeded by trees, buildings or other objects
When your loved one has died in an accident caused by defective road design, there are a number of potential parties that can be held responsible. You can file suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well as any municipality that had responsibility for the construction of a roadway. You can also take legal action against road construction companies, designers and engineers.
In a wrongful death case in Pennsylvania, you can seek damages for a wide range of losses, including:
- Medical bills and funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of support from the decedent
- Loss of any pension or retirement benefits the deceased would have been entitled to
- Loss of companionship
Contact Our Office
At the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr., we have more than 30 years of practice experience. We offer a free initial consultation to victims of personal injury. To arrange a private meeting with an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer, contact our office by e-mail or call us at (610) 565-0240. We will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted, as well as debit cards.