Common Road Hazards in Arizona
Driving on a hazardous road is harrowing enough in a passenger car but in a multi-ton tractor-trailer, road hazards can lead to deadly accidents. In a Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) study, it was found that poor condition and lack of maintenance to American roads are a contributing factor in about 31% of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. each year.
In 2012, there were more than 12,000 crashes involving large trucks and buses in Arizona, according to the state Department of Transportation. Based on PIREs study, that would mean more than 3,800 Arizona truck crashes may have involved poor road conditions, and perhaps, could have been avoided.
The Phillips Law Group believes that those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to no fault of their own deserve justice. If you or a family member has been hurt in a trucking accident due to poor road maintenance, a lack of signage or other road conditions, our AZ truck accident lawyers may be able to help.
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Types of Common Road Hazards
Trucks such as 18-wheelers require a great deal of skill to operate and truck drivers must stay sharp and alert to avoid an accident. When unexpected road hazards are present, truck drivers may not have the time to maneuver in order to prevent crashing.
Some common road hazards that lead to truck and bus accidents include:
- Limited visibility due to insufficient lighting
- Limited visibility due to trees or other road design
- Loose gravel
- Missing or broken signage
- Missing or insufficient road reflectors / paint lines
- Missing, broken or defective guardrails
- Narrow bridges and roads
- Poor intersection planning
- Poor road design
- Poor road maintenance
- Potholes / uneven pavement
- Shoulder drop-offs
Sometimes road hazards may not be the sole cause of an accident, but may have made the crash worse and the injuries more severe. Tragically, in some cases, bad roads make the difference between life and death.
Injuries Caused by Poor Road Conditions
Unfortunately, dangerous road conditions can lead to many types of accidents and many types of injuries. PIREs study stated that the cost and severity of accidents where road conditions were a factor are far more than the costs associated with DUI crashes, speeding collisions or the lack of seatbelt use.
Some injuries commonly caused by crashes involving poor road conditions include:
- Bone fractures
- Facial damage
- Head trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
These are just some of the types of injuries that may occur in an Arizona trucking accident. The contributing circumstances in every accident can differ; if you believe that bad roads were a factor in your accident, you deserve the legal guidance of a skilled truck accident attorney.
Contact Our Arizona Bad Roads Attorneys
Driving a large commercial truck is dangerous enough. When bad roads become involved, it can be downright disastrous to have such an enormous vehicle on the road. If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck that was due to poor road maintenance, bad road design or other road conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered.
The Phillips Law Group believes in justice for you. We work hard for injury victims because they deserve the legal guidance of skilled litigators. There are no costs or fees to pay up front. We do not get paid until the end of your case, and only if we win compensation for you.
Our firm accepts clients in the following areas:
- Lake Havasu City
- and cities throughout AZ
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