Defective and Dangerous Roads

Dangerous Roads • Dangerous Highways • Truck Accidents • Car Accidents • Motorcycle Accidents • Pedestrian Accidents

Vehicular related accidents can result from a variety of causes including operator error, defective vehicle products, and defective highway/roadway conditions. Sometimes one or more of the causes of these causes combine to result in the accident. Highway and Roadway design and construction errors frequently are the primary cause or a contributing cause to vehicular accidents. This means that even though a driver of a vehicle was negligent and a cause of the accident, the Highway or Roadway condition may also have been a contributing cause of the accident. In cases where there is a serious injury or death contact Lallande Law, PLC in order to carefully explore all the potential causes of an accident and consider all the potential sources for a just recovery.

Highway and Roadway users have the right to expect that the roads that they are traveling on are designed safely, built to appropriate and safe standards, and properly maintained. Governmental entities including the State of California (Cal Trans), county governments (Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County) and city governments (Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine, Torrance, Beverly Hills, Norwalk, and others) can be responsible for the primary cause or a contributing cause to an accident. In cases where governmental entities who designed, constructed, and maintained the highway or roadway caused or contributed to the accident Lallande Law, PLC has the expertise and experience to hold them accountable.

Highway and Roadway Defects include:

  • Failure to provide consistent and clear messages to motorist and pedestrians
  • Failure to provide adequate and clear warnings regarding construction and modification
  • Failure to provide clear guidance through unusual roadway conditions
  • Failure to provide for guardrails or adequate guardrails
  • Failure to maintain traffic control devices including traffic signs and traffic signals
  • Failure to provide proper roadway lighting that creates a trap for motorist and pedestrians
  • Failure to provide adequate medians
  • Failure to provide adequate highway and roadway shoulders for vehicle recovery
  • Failure to provide for proper abatement of vegetation
  • Failure to provide warning of changing lane conditions such as lane merges or endings
  • Failure to provide and maintain roadway striping and lane demarcation
  • Failure to provide for proper water runoff and drainage
  • Failure to maintain highway and roadway surfaces resulting in loss of vehicle control
  • Failure to provide proper barricading
  • Failure to allow for adequate driver perception time and reaction time
  • Failure to provide for a clear and adequate sight distance (which can create a trap for motorist and pedestrians alike)
  • Other highway and roadway design defects creating a dangerous condition to users

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Many Highway and Roadway cases involve changing conditions and evidence that must be preserved immediately. This may include video from Highway and Roadway cameras maintained by the governmental entity or local business, 911 audio recordings, photographs of construction areas or poorly maintained surface conditions. We can put our litigation experience to work for you. Contact Lallande Law, PLC now!

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