Improperly managed roads are the cause of many accidents. When a road is rarely driven, city managers may overlook the necessity of enforcing common safety standards, and as a road falls into disrepair, dangers increase for the unsuspecting driver. If you are ever driving on a road that seems undermanaged or hazardous, keep your safety in mind and look out for common problems that can cause accidents.
Common Problems of Undermanaged Roads
Drivers should be aware of the following common problems related to undermanaged roads:
- Lack of Guardrails: Beware of sharp drop-offs, deep ditches, and unmarked creek beds that should require a guardrail for a driver’s security.
- Lack of Warning Signs: If a road is undermanaged, it likely lacks signs warning motorists of potential dangers. These dangers could include flood hazards near creeks and rivers, unmarked bridges that may freeze over during winter, sharp turns, and more.
- Obstructed Warning signs: Warning signs may be present along a neglected roadway, but if they are not visible to drivers, they do nothing to protect them against potential dangers. Signs may be covered by brush or tree branches, may have faded over time, or may have been damaged or knocked over in bad weather or by other motorists.
- Debris: Undermanaged roads may contain dangerous debris that obstructs lanes and threatens the safety of unsuspecting drivers. Debris can include anything from fallen tree branches to lost cargo from trucks and large vehicles.
Motorists deserve the right to drive on well-managed roads that are free of hazards that come from neglect and mismanagement. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to improper road maintenance, contact the Lake Geneva road defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.