Although most people are forced to drive over uneven pavement every day, sometimes this seemingly minor road defect can cause motorists to lose control over their vehicles, putting them at risk of destructive auto accidents. These hazardous road flaws are considered the responsibility of government transportation agencies, who are supposed to smooth over this brokenness or at least provide adequate warning about the threat. If no such repairs or precautions are taken, leading to a car accident, the transportation department may be held accountable for its dangerous mistake.
Why is Uneven Pavement Dangerous?
In mild cases, a slight unevenness in a road’s pavement may not prevent a car’s tires from safely passing over the variable levels whenever motorists are changing lanes. However, if action isn’t taken to repair uneven pavement that is not safely traversable by a car’s tires, the following safety concerns may arise:
- Unexpected changes in tire direction, causing a momentary loss of control
- Tire damages, potentially contributing to a blowout
- Wheel or axel damage, jeopardizing directional control for the driver
Even if a driver only loses control for a second because of uneven pavement, this momentary hazard may be enough to cause a collision, especially on a busy road or highway. These accidents can leave motorists with significant injuries, requiring high-cost medical care that can put a strain on victims’ financial stability.
If you’ve sustained an injury in a car accident caused by uneven pavement on the highway, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation from the negligent government agency at fault for the unsafe road. To discuss your legal options with an experienced legal advisor, contact an attorney from Yearout & Traylor, P.C., today by calling 205.414.8160.