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Common Road Defects in Colorado

Road hazards come in all different shapes and sizes. At Levine Law, some of the more common defects that our Denver road defect lawyer team sees involved in crashes include:

  • Potholes
  • Poor drainage
  • Defective lighting
  • Level changes with inadequate notification
  • Misplaced road signs
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Failure to post warning signs
  • Faded, missing lane markers
  • Road debris
  • Excess gravel
  • Poorly designed intersections
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Shoulder drop-offs

These defects are particularly dangerous when combined with poor weather and inexperienced drivers. The accidents that happen as a result can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries.

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Denver Road Construction is Particularly Dangerous Hazard for Drivers

Accidents in construction zones are on the rise, according to data compiled by the Federal Highway Administration. 

  • Some 100,000 car accidents happen in construction zones across the country every year, the FHA reports. 
  • As many as 1,000 people are killed in these crashes each year. 
  • About one-quarter of fatal work zone accidents consist of rear-end crashes.

Like other types of car accidents, crashes in construction zones can happen in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Improper barriers
  • Inadequate lane markings 
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven pavement
  • Inefficient traffic control
  • Construction materials are strewn on the roadway

In many construction zone accidents, driver negligence may also be at least partly to blame. Speeding, failing to comply with traffic signs, drinking and driving, and texting behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster, especially when road conditions are hazardous.

When crashes happen, they can come with life-changing consequences. The injuries range from minor bumps and bruises to head, neck, back damage, paralyzation, traumatic brain injury, and even death. A Denver road construction accident lawyer will fiercely advocate on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve for your recovery.

Who is Responsible for Road Hazards After an Accident Occurs?

Roads are generally maintained by state and local government agencies. Sometimes, a county may be responsible for certain aspects of maintenance and upkeep, while a city is obligated to take other steps to keep the same stretch of road in good working order.

That can make it difficult to identify who is legally responsible when a road hazard causes a crash. A Denver road defect lawyer at our firm will gather the necessary evidence to spot the specific defect that caused the accident and show which agency is legally liable for the crash.

To prove liability, you generally need to be able to show that the agency knew or should have known about the defect through reasonable inspection and failed to act to address the defect in a reasonable manner. That may be because the responsible agency did not do the proper design and planning work on the front end or failed to adequately maintain the road after its construction.

Evidence is key to proving legal liability. An attorney at our firm will review the history of similar crashes on the same stretch of road, as well as other evidence showing that the responsible agency knew or should have known about the hazard before the crash happened.

Speak with a Denver Road Hazard Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, Levine Law can help you understand your rights and explore your options for seeking compensation.

We are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver road defect lawyer.

 

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