It’s natural for a small amount of water to slick roads and highways after rain or snow fall. However, if water is allowed to pool on a road to a significant degree, this may indicate a lack of proper drainage systems, which is the responsibility of the road’s designers or builders. This pooling water can pose a serious risk for drivers, as the excess water may create conditions that can cause a driver to hydroplane, or lose control over their vehicle. This can cause drivers to be involved in serious accidents that cause devastating injuries.
The Dangers of Water Pooling on the Streets
When excess water pools on a street or highway and isn’t promptly drained out by a necessary sewage drain, drivers may be put at risk of losing control of their automobile. These water hazards may create the following dangerous issues:
- Hydroplaning, which can cause a loss of steering, braking, or directional control
- Flooding damage and subsequent loss of power to the vehicle
- Damage to electrical systems, which may also cause immediate loss of power or control
These safety concerns are the responsibility of municipalities and government transportation agencies to prevent. If water pooling causes an accident which leads to the undue injury of a person, these government entities may be held liable for the costs involved with treatment and recovery through a lawsuit.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of water pooling on the road, it may be the responsibility of the municipal agency to cover the costs of the accident and your losses. Call 205-414-8160 to discuss your situation and legal options for obtaining financial compensation and justice. The legal team at Yearout & Traylor, P.C., will help you to better understand your options and what steps to take next.