Could Poor Road Conditions Be to Blame for Your Car Accident?

A car accident can leave you with serious injuries and other repercussions that can impact various areas of your life. After an accident, you may be wondering how you can put your life back together and what you can do to move forward. Part of this process for you may be to determine who or what is to blame and to pursue appropriate compensation. 

Many car accidents happen because of issues like distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving and inexperienced drivers. However, other external factors can increase a person’s chance of being involved in an accident, such as dangerous roads. In fact, a Michigan accident victim claims that poor roadwork is to blame for his recent collision.

Roadwork, construction and higher chances of a crash

A few weeks ago, there was a serious accident on a Michigan highway. In this collision, a semi-truck jackknifed, and a smaller vehicle rolled multiple times after colliding with the large truck. This particular accident took place in a roadwork construction zone. Consider the following facts about this accident and the potential role that roadwork had in the incident:

  • When law enforcement arrived at the scene of the accident, neither driver was sure of why the accident happened.
  • At the time of the accident, the road was slightly wet because of weather conditions, but one lane was more slippery than the other.
  • There were signs that there was a problem with the asphalt in one of the lanes, which may have contributed to the accident.
  • Later, it was apparent that the slippery lane was opened back up to traffic before it was complete, making it unsafe for driving.

As this particular accident illustrates, even a relatively minor issue with roadwork or the conditions of a road can lead to serious problems. When authorities do not address dangers and hazards or fail to complete projects appropriately before allowing people to travel on the road, innocent motorists often suffer.

What can you do if roadwork is to blame?

If you believe that dangerous road conditions were a factor in your accident, it is possible to hold liable parties accountable. You may have grounds for a civil claim, and you can fight for appropriate compensation to cover your injuries, medical bills and more. Before you move forward with a personal injury claim, it may be beneficial to first seek a complete evaluation of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.