Poorly maintained roads and other unsafe road conditions can take drivers by surprise and lead to car accidents, so it is essential to stay vigilant. 

Understanding the role of road and weather conditions could mean the difference between life and death when operating your vehicle. To learn more, continue reading about these hazards and how to protect yourself from them.

Types of Unsafe Road Conditions

There are several types of unsafe conditions that might cause car accidents to happen. Here are a few of the most common occurrences as outlined by Safe Roads USA:

  • Potholes
  • Missing barriers or guardrails
  • Missing or confusing road signs
  • Uncleared ice patches and snow
  • Unexpected changes in road surfaces
  • Faint or poorly painted lines
  • Shoulder drop-off
  • Wheel ruts
  • Poor road design
  • Unsafe construction work zones

Cause of Accidents 

Hazardous road conditions can lead to an accident for even the most careful drivers. For example, an unexpected hazard might cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle or become confused about the traffic pattern. These circumstances could also cause vehicle damage that might lead to a traffic collision.

How to Protect Yourself from Unsafe Road Conditions

Although a lack of signage or dangerous roads is not the driver’s fault, it’s essential to be vigilant about safety while behind the wheel. Avoiding distractions is the first step to staying aware. If you are using the utmost caution when traveling, you will have the ability to react when faced with unexpected danger. Here are a few more tips to help you prioritize safety on the road:

  • Avoid speeding and aggressive behaviors
  • Pay attention to the other drivers around you
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions at all times
  • Slow down when approaching construction zones or uncomfortable driving conditions
  • Leave a safe following distance between you and the car in front
  • Slow down during inclement weather

Who Is Responsible for Unsafe Roads?

If you are involved in an accident caused by poorly maintained roads, you are probably wondering who is ultimately responsible for the damages. Utah, in particular, is a hotspot for these types of roads. According to a study done by USA Today in 2020, Utah is the 17th highest state for roadways in poor condition at 25.3 percent.

The responsibility for these roads falls on different governing bodies, from the federal government to state and city governments. Private organizations even own some streets. These governing bodies are responsible for providing safe roads for travelers, so it must fix the problem if it knows about an unsafe condition. Failure to address a hazardous situation can result in being financially liable for any harm that occurs.

Get Help with Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

If you have been involved in an accident due to poor road conditions, it is imperative to have the professional attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton on your side. We will determine who is legally responsible for any damages and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our offices are located in Orem, Provo, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.