According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), fatalities in the state are increasing by about 8% each year. Dangerous roadways, along with drunk and distracted driving, are some of the top ten causes of this toll. The federal and state government have a responsibility to ensure that the roads they build and maintain for public use are reasonably safe, and when they breach that duty, they are liable for injuries to drivers and pedestrians that are injured or killed.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a traffic accident, it’s important to consider whether dangerous roads were a factor, especially when the insurance coverage for the responsible vehicle is insufficient to provide the large amount of compensation you deserve. It’s important to call an Orange County dangerous road accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident because filing deadlines are short. The Crockett Law Group is the most reputable personal injury firm in Orange County, with a team of lawyers that’s successfully handled many claims involving dangerous roads. Call (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.
How Dangerous Roads Cause Accidents
There are many ways that dangerous roads contribute to traffic accidents. These are some examples:
- Roads that are not properly constructed
- Steep drop-offs without proper warnings
- Poorly marked construction zones and work areas
- Wild or escaped animals on the roadway
- Blind curves without proper speed reduction and warnings
- Lane Lines with poor contrast due to faded paint
- Broken streetlights
- Debris on the roadway
- Missing or confusing signage
- Severe weather
Some orange county roadways have more than twenty lanes, making the incidence of accidents from improper lane changes very high. Imagine how challenging it is when you need to exit a twenty-lane highway in heavy traffic, and how frustrated drivers can get trying to get over.
There are many parts of Orange County where the speed limit is not reduced in areas where there are sharp turns, and motorists are not properly warned. Sometimes there are potholes in the road that cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and foliage has grown over warning signs for steep grades and sharp turns. These types of accidents are more likely than others to cause fatalities or catastrophic injuries that accrue large amounts of damages for medical bills and lost earnings, in addition to causing tremendous pain and suffering.
Before you assume you can’t sue or that you’re limited to collecting a small amount of compensation from a vehicle with a minimum insurance policy, call an experienced Orange County dangerous roads accidents attorney to discuss your case. The Crockett Law Group is the personal injury firm that people in Orange County trust. Call (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.
The Most Dangerous Roads In Orange County
According to the California Highway Patrol, canyon roads are the most dangerous roads in Orange County due to steep grades, blind curves and animals crossing roads. Santiago Canyon Road snakes from Limestone Canyon Regional Park to Trabuco Canyon and eventually turns into East Chapman Avenue. In 1997, the Los Angeles Times called it the “road of death,” yet little has been done to improve its safety to date.
Languna Canyon Road runs through one of the few remaining wilderness areas in the county, and has long been known as one of the most dangerous roads in the area, particularly difficult to navigate at night. The intersection of Alicia Parkway and Jeronimo Road is one of the worst intersections in the county, averaging a startling 11 collisions a year. The most dangerous freeways are 405 and I-5 interstate, claiming many lives each year while no changes are made to improve their safety.
These surface street are some of the most dangerous in Orange County:
- Bristol Street
- Camino Capistrano
- Crown Valley Parkway
- Jeffrey Road
- Newport Boulevard and
- Chapman Avenue
If you’ve been injured on a road that’s known as dangerous, it might be possible to include a claim against the municipality for hazards and defects of the roadway. The best way to find out is to call an experienced Orange County dangerous road accident attorney to discuss your case. Call the Crockett Group at (800) 900-9393 for a free consultation.
One Car Accidents on Dangerous Roads
According to John A. Volpe of the National Transportation Systems Center, over 10,000 persons are killed in single-vehicle rollover accidents each year. Rollover and other types of one car accidents often have multiple causes such as:
- Driver Impairment by drugs or alcohol
- Driver distraction with mobile devices, eating, or caring for children
- Poorly designed vehicles
- Poor maintenance of tires and brakes
- Dangerous roadways
People that survive rollover accidents often have severe or catastrophic injuries such as compound fractures, spinal cord injuries (SCIs,) traumatic brain injuries (TBIs,), and amputations.
A driver that was distracted might assume that the accident was completely his fault, without considering how a dangerous roadway or a poorly designed vehicle may have contributed to the accident. That’s why it’s so important to call an experienced Orange County dangerous roads attorney to discuss your right to collect compensation from the municipality responsible for the road condition.
The Crockett Law Group has a team of lawyers that’s handled many dangerous road accidents case in Orange County. Call (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and find out what your rights are under the circumstances of your accident.
Collecting Compensation For Accidents On Dangerous Roads
California Law requires passenger vehicles to carry a minimum of $15,000 for the injury or death of one person, and a total of $30,000 to cover compensation for two or more people. This is clearly inadequate for victims that suffer catastrophic injury from rollovers, head-on collisions, and other types of serious crashes.
That’s why it’s important to hire an attorney that will look beyond the obvious defendants to get you the large amount of monetary damages you need to be fully compensated for your out of pocket medical expenses, lost earnings and lost earning capacity, loss of business income, pain, suffering, and emotional anguish.
When municipalities fail to take action to correct roadways with known hazards they can be held liable for injuries caused as a result of their inaction. For example, once they are notified that a stop sign is down or a traffic light is broken, they must take prompt action to correct these hazards. This concept has also been successfully applied to roads with design flaws where accidents are much more common than on other roads.
If you require a very large amount of money as compensation for your injuries, it’s important to hire an Orange County dangerous roads attorney with a track record for collecting large amounts of money from municipalities for their negligence in allowing dangerous roadways. The Crockett Law Group is the most reputable personal injury law firm in Orange County with a team of attorneys that has successfully collected money from municipalities for dangerous roads. Call (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.
Contact an Orange County Dangerous Road Accident Lawyer
Public transportation in Orange County is scant, forcing most residents to travel by car on roadways that are not always as safe as they can be. When people are injured due to unsafe roadways, the municipality responsible can be held liable for the injuries that result from allowing this dangerous condition. Deadlines to file a claim against municipalities are short, so it’s important to contact an Orange County dangerous roads attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Call The Crockett Group at (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.