Dangerous Road Conditions Lead to Increase in Car Accidents
We are all too familiar those roads, highways, and interstates that have dangerous conditions that have lead to an increase in car accidents. We gripe about road conditions, we voice our opinions over the need for additional traffic signals or enlarged lanes, we complain over obstacles that hinder the views of oncoming traffic, but the situations remain unchanged. The South Carolina Department of Transportation has their hands full in finding and allocating money to fix the aging and outdated infrastructure of our state roads and highways, and it’s a problem on the national level too. Car accidents caused by dangerous road conditions lead to serious injury, millions of dollars in damages, and untold suffering. Here’s what you need to know about this ongoing situation, and what you can do if you are injured due to dangerous and unsafe road conditions.
South Carolina Road Conditions
News reports have repeatedly called attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure problem, in particular the U.S. road system. The majority of our roads, highways, and bridges are over 50 years old, and the wear and tear they receive on a daily basis puts them in dire need of repair.
This is especially true here in the Palmetto State. While we are lucky to see a substantial increase in South Carolina road construction, we still have a number of road, bypasses, and bridges in need of repairs and maintenance. Many roads are deteriorating due to age, and others simply can’t keep up with the increasing flood of transplants and visitors to the state. Some of the problems facing drivers on our roadways today include:
- Potholes and cracking
- Uneven roadways and ramps
- Lack of guardrails and lane dividers
- Lack of street lighting
- Lack of stop signs and traffic lights for busy intersections
- Inadequate amount of lanes
Any of the above conditions can result in car accidents leading to serious injuries and even death.
Reporting Problems and Seeking Compensation
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) works with available funds to make our roads safer as well as easier to drive on. In many cases, they rely on citizens and drivers to alert them when there are problems with roadways. You can contact the SCDOT for traffic and road issues and:
- To report potholes and other road damages
- For information on construction projects in your neighborhood
- To request stop signs or traffic lights installed at intersections
- To request the installation of signs in neighborhoods warning drivers to slow down for children
- To request that roads are repaved
In the event you are involved in an accident as a result of a dangerous road condition, you may be entitled to compensation from the SCDOT. The South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 15-78-40, allows injured parties to file claims for negligence against government agencies, seeking the same types of damages as they would against a driver.
Contact an Experienced South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured due to a car accident caused by unsafe and dangerous road conditions, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys may be able to help you will get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we are available to provide assistance