Government transportation authorities are responsible for keeping roads in good condition and free of hazards such as potholes. Although potholes typically start as insignificant road damage, both fluctuating weather conditions and high-volume traffic can eventually turn these cracks into full-fledged, dangerous potholes. If a motorist strikes a pothole, he or she can momentarily lose control of the vehicle, possibly causing a devastating collision. Fortunately, municipal agencies may be held accountable for any accidents they cause as a result of their negligence.
The Dangers of Potholes
Potholes form when asphalt begins to crack, allowing for persistent hot-cold patterns with seasonal precipitation to break down larger and deeper chunks of the road. With heavy traffic putting additional pressure on the damage, these small cracks can quickly become very dangerous road hazards. Potholes can lead to the following safety concerns:
- Tire damage, including blowouts and wheel rim issues
- Broken or damaged axels
- Problems with the vehicle’s suspension
- Loss of steering system alignment
A government agency that allows unsafe road conditions such as potholes to persist may be obligated to cover the medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and other damages victims can experience due to a pothole-related accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a pothole that should have been repaired by a government agency, there may be legal options available for you to pursue financial compensation for the costs of those injuries. To learn more about how to prepare a claim, contact an attorney from Yearout & Traylor, P.C., today by calling 205.414.8160.