As any driver knows, there are a lot of hazards out there on the roads we travel on every day. The number one danger is driver error—all it takes to cause a serious accident is a brief lapse of judgment from an individual piloting an automobile. But not all accidents are caused by an errant vehicle striking another. Some are caused by the presence of a stray object on the road. Other accidents can be traced to missing, obstructed, or malfunctioning traffic lights or signs. Still more accidents occur due to a fault in the road itself, such as a pothole.
Road hazards such as these can and do cause a significant number of automobile accidents. Are victims of these kinds of hazards eligible for financial compensation? In many cases, the answer is yes. If it can be shown that an automobile accident resulted from the negligence of another party—such as a municipal government that failed to fix a decayed or poorly designed road—then the victim(s) may be able to collect a settlement from them. However, it is important to obtain the services of a personal injury attorney who is experienced with handling cases of this kind—and you can find one at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.
The following infographic offers a quick overview of the more frequently seen hazards that cause accidents on the road.