A road hazard can include debris, oil spillage, and potholes. Dangerous road conditions can also be due to poorly placed construction barriers, inadequate or poorly designed roads, or the lack of traffic signals. Such variables can cause or contribute to an auto accident.
When the auto accident is the result of a spillage or debris from a commercial vehicle, negligence will rest with the driver and his employer. If debris came from a passing vehicle, it may be difficult to determine who was responsible. Claims of negligence against government entities can also be difficult because the agency may have sovereign immunity in such lawsuits. The plaintiff must prove the state agency knew or should have known about the debris or dangerous conditions, yet failed to fulfill its obligations of making the roadway safer or somewhat forgiving of driver error. There must be proof that the accident would not have otherwise occurred.
Seeking compensation from the at-fault party can prove instrumental in helping the injured victims cover medical expenses and other bills, as well as lost wages. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to recognize the specific cause and the responsible party. For this reason, it is important to consult an experienced auto accident attorney.