Helping Those Injured in Accidents Caused by Delaware’s Hazardous Roadways

Compassionate auto accident attorneys serving clients from offices in Wilmington, Newark and Seaford, DE

Auto accidents are the leading cause of personal injury in the United States, and while driver error is one of the leading causes, another important cause of car crashes is hazardous roadways. Each day drivers are exposed to so many different kinds of road hazards some of which just cause damage to your vehicle, but some can result in serious bodily injury as well. Regardless of how good a driver you are, an unexpected hazardous road condition such as a deep pothole or a fallen tree branch can change your life completely.

At the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, our Delaware auto accident attorneys know how to represent clients who have been injured in car crashes caused by hazardous road conditions. We help our clients recover the best compensation when they have been injured.

Types of road hazards that can cause accidents

Some of the most common types of hazardous road conditions that pose a threat to the safety of drivers of every type of vehicle including motorcycles, cars and trucks include the following:

  • Potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Poorly maintained roadside foliage
  • Road construction equipment and vehicles
  • Faulty traffic signals
  • Confusing, obscured, or missing signs
  • Dangerous intersections
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Broken, missing or improperly designed guard rails
  • Hazardous railway crossings
  • Poor weather conditions

Types of injuries caused by road hazards

Auto accidents caused by hazardous road conditions are not nearly as common as those caused by drunk drivers or speeding, but they happen often enough and they can lead to serious injuries including:

Which entity is liable for accidents caused by road hazards?

Road hazards that drivers encounter can often be traced back to negligence, whether it is negligence on the part of the city, state or federal government, or a commercial construction crew, or it could be negligence on the part of the driver in some instances. If someone is driving along the road typing a text message on a phone and hits a downed tree, causing the car to roll, then that driver will likely be held accountable for the accident. This is because Delaware does not allow victims to collect damages if they are responsible for more than 51 percent of the fault in the accident. However, if a driver were traveling safely down the road, obeying the speed limit and paying attention to the road, and their wheel hit a pothole causing the front axle to break and sending the vehicle into a rollover, the driver would most likely be able to file a lawsuit against the entity responsible for maintaining the roadway.

Investigating an accident caused by hazardous road conditions and determining who is at fault in causing the accident requires the services of a knowledgeable auto accident attorney from the Delaware law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman. We have a team of experienced auto accident lawyers who know the dangers poorly maintained roads can pose to drivers. We are here to make sure that you get justice in the form of compensation for your injuries and property damage when you have been injured in an accident caused by road hazards. Additionally, we work on a contingency basis so you will not be responsible for our legal fees until you receive your compensation.

You deserve to be compensated when you have been injured

The Delaware auto accident attorneys at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman are here to offer sound legal advice and dependable representation when you have been injured in a car crash caused by hazardous roadways. To schedule your initial free consultation you may call us at 302-888-2900 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve clients in Newark, Seaford, Wilmington and throughout Delaware.