Maryland Dangerous and Defective Roadways Attorneys
Holding government agencies accountable
A nerve-wracking left turn. A sharp curve. An oversized pothole. Most of us live near at least one traffic aggravation that we dread as we leave our homes each day. Sometimes, however, these road conditions can become more than mere annoyances—an unsafe, defective, or poorly designed roadway can cause property damage, accidents, injuries, and even death.
At the five Washington D.C. metropolitan area law offices of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A, we commute on the same areas roads as you and encounter the same problems. We want to keep all of our families safe. Our skilled defective roadways accident attorneys are dedicated to representing clients who have suffered injuries and damages due to poorly designed and maintained public roadways by aggressively pursuing those city, county and state organizations responsible for your safety.
What road conditions can cause auto accidents?
Drivers accustomed to a consistent and safe driving environment may not be aware of certain hazards created by inadequate design or poor maintenance, such as:
- Confusing, distracting, or hard-to-read signage
- Medians or traffic islands that are difficult to see at night
- Potholes, cracks, or unmarked dips and speed bumps
- Structures or landscaping blocking the view of oncoming traffic
- Malfunctioning traffic lights and outdoor lighting
- Inadequate guardrails
- Shoulders that are too narrow, or with a steep drop-off
- Inadequate road striping
- Poor road design such as sharp, poorly graded curves or steep inclines
- Poorly marked construction zones
- Structural defects
A 2009 study revealed that over half of all deaths on U.S. roadways are related to defective road conditions—more than drunk driving or seatbelt disuse.
Who can I hold responsible if these conditions caused my accident?
Public safety is one of the most fundamental duties of government. The responsibility for maintaining a our roadways most often rests with a city, county, or state government office which oversees a large number of considerations. These considerations range from road design and maintenance, to construction and infrastructure concerns. Just as with accidents caused by negligent drivers, when a government office breaches its duty to keep a roadway safe for its citizens, it can be held liable for damages caused by foreseeable automobile accidents.
Because roadway design and maintenance can involve the highly technical considerations of physics and science, you should seek an experienced Maryland defective roadway attorney. We have access to an extensive lineup of experts to exclusively review and analyze these complex factors for you, and to testify about the resulting road conditions on your behalf.
Don’t hesitate—Contact us today
At the law firm of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., our skilled Maryland dangerous and defective roadway attorneys are committed to holding state and local governments accountable for preventable accidents caused by unsafe road conditions. We urge anyone injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of a government agency or road construction project to contact one of our five area offices today at (800) 229-7026 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.