Serving Middle Tennessee For Over 70 Years

6 common poor road designs that can result in road accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents

It is no surprise that negligent motorists are one of the main causes of road accidents. However, another leading cause of these accidents are improper and inadequate road designs and conditions.

Here are several common road design issues that can lead to accidents:

  • Inadequate signage: Missing, obscured, or confusing signs can lead to drivers to make dangerous maneuvers, especially if they are not aware of road conditions in the area.
  • Lack of proper lighting: Poorly lit roads can make it difficult for drivers to see the road ahead, pedestrians or other hazards, especially at night or during poor weather.
  • Sharp curves or blind corners without sufficient warning: Roads that have sudden sharp turns without proper signage can catch drivers off guard, potentially causing loss of control.
  • Improper road surface conditions: Potholes, uneven surfaces and a lack of proper drainage can cause vehicles to skid or lose traction, leading to crashes.
  • Narrow roads and lack of breakdown space: Narrow lanes or lack of emergency stopping lanes can be particularly dangerous for larger vehicles or in areas with heavy pedestrian or cyclist traffic.
  • Poorly designed or inconsistent merge lanes: On-ramps and off-ramps that are too short or that merge into traffic at awkward angles can make it difficult for drivers to enter or exit highways safely.

Other road design issues that can cause accidents include poor weather-related designs, unmarked construction zones and obscured or blocked roadways.

Hold the right people or entities accountable

No matter what type of poor road design caused your motor vehicle injuries, it is important to hold liable those responsible for those avoidable conditions. To establish a solid case, it is essential to thoroughly investigate the accident, gather relevant evidence and connect the negligence to your injuries.

These are possible through proper research and understanding of the law and the guidance of a legal representative experienced in personal injury.