The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Division of Maintenance and Operations is responsible for making sure that the roads and highways in Pennsylvania are safe for you and your loved ones while you are driving throughout the state. They have high standards that must be maintained and rules and regulations that must be followed. Despite these efforts, many hazardous roadway conditions still present risks to drivers and passengers.
Some of these hazardous road conditions include:
- Road Construction
- Inclement Weather
- Poor/Improper Lighting
- Traffic Signals that may be blocked/not working
- Dangerous intersections/blind intersections
- Traffic Signs that are not visible or insufficient signage
- Pavement conditions – potholes, drop-offs, wear and tear, defects
- Debris in the roadway
- Road design – width of lanes, angle of curves, construction defects
- Inadequate/defective guardrails
- Trees or vegetation blocking views
- Lack of or ineffective warning of construction/road work
- Bridge defects and collapses
- Lack of shoulder
- Failure to properly maintain roads and highways
If you or a loved one has been involved in an injury accident and you believe it is the result of a hazardous road condition, it is important that your claim is investigated as soon as possible and any evidence be preserved. You have a right to feel safe when you drive on the roads and highways in Pennsylvania and you have a right to drive on roads that are properly designed and maintained.
For more information on the hazardous road condition laws in the State of Pennsylvania, please refer to PA Law Blogs, a valuable legal resource run by skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys.