Dangerous Roadways




A pothole on the road, with a small amount of water pooled in.Dangerous roads cause countless deaths each year as a result of automobile and / or pedestrian accidents in California.

The danger of the road or highway is often disregarded by law enforcement when they are preparing a report on the cause of the accident.

Regularly the traffic collision report will state that the driver was at fault when in reality the collision was caused by the road’s design or unsafe factors.

This often makes the government entity that designed the roadway liable for any damages caused during an accident. Claims against large government entities are extremely complex and should not be attempted without a highly skilled personal injury lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

Ellis Riccobono LLP is dedicated to championing the rights of those impacted by dangerous road conditions, ensuring you receive fair treatment and full compensation for your suffering.

Contact Ellis Riccobono, LLP at (424) 901-1202 or via email at info@ertriallawyers.com.

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Common Dangerous Road Defects

Dangerous roads in California can contain a variety of hazardous conditions that put the lives of drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians at risk. These defects can cause serious accidents, even when road users are exercising caution and following traffic laws.

Some common examples of dangerous road defects include:

  • Uneven surfaces and edge drops
  • Loose gravel or asphalt
  • Pot holes
  • Cracks, splits, or potholes
  • Water pooling
  • Dangerous slopes or hazardous curves
  • Storm debris, oil spills, or chemical spills
  • Poor sign visibility
  • Missing guardrails
  • Faded or missing pavement markings

These hazardous conditions can greatly increase the likelihood of accidents such as tire blowouts, vehicle rollovers, loss of vehicle control, or collisions with other vehicles or objects. Many road departure accidents are directly related to issues with road design, repair, or maintenance.


Types of Accidents Caused by Dangerous Roadways

Dangerous roadways can lead to various types of accidents, putting the lives of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists at risk. These accidents often result in severe injuries or even fatalities. Some specific types of accidents caused by dangerous roads include:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Vehicles sliding or falling off embankments
  • Accidents caused by defective guardrails
  • Pedestrian accidents due to lack of crosswalks
  • Collisions at railroad crossings
  • Accidents caused by inadequate lighting
  • Crashes at intersections due to lack of traffic signals or warning lights
  • Accidents caused by lack of rumble strips
  • Bicycle accidents due to unsafe road conditions like pot holes, improper bikeway design, improper speed humps or speed bumps

These accidents can occur even when road users are following traffic laws and exercising caution. The dangerous conditions of the roadway itself can be a significant contributing factor to the occurrence and severity of the accident.


Compensation Available for Accidents Caused by Dangerous Roads

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a dangerous road in California, you may be entitled to various types of compensation for your damages. The specific compensation available will depend on the circumstances of your case, but may include:

  • Medical expenses: Compensation for current and future medical bills related to the injuries sustained in the accident, including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.
  • Lost income: Reimbursement for wages lost due to time off work while
    recovering from the accident, as well as compensation for any future loss of earning capacity.
  • Vehicle repairs or replacement: Compensation for the cost of repairing or
    replacing your vehicle if it was damaged in the accident.
  • Pain and suffering: Monetary damages for the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by the accident and resulting injuries.
  • Loss of consortium: Compensation for the loss of companionship, support, and intimacy suffered by the injured person's spouse or family members.
  • Wrongful death damages: If the accident resulted in the death of a loved one, family members might be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and the emotional distress caused by the loss.

Ellis Riccobono, LLP: Your Advocate in Complex Government Entity Claims

When a dangerous road defect causes or contributes to an accident resulting in injuries or fatalities, the government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway may be held liable for the damages. However, claims against large government entities are complex and require the expertise of a skilled personal injury lawyer to navigate the legal process and advocate for the rights of the injured party.

Ellis Ricobbobo, LLP helps our clients in several ways when dealing with claims against large government entities:

  • Understanding Complex Laws: They know the ins and outs of the laws that apply to claims against government bodies, which are often different and more complex than those for private parties.
  • Filing Claims Properly: There are strict rules and tight deadlines for filing claims against government entities. The attorneys ensure everything is filed correctly and on time to avoid any technicalities that could dismiss the case.
  • Investigating and Gathering Evidence: They have the resources to thoroughly investigate the incident, gathering evidence that proves the government entity’s negligence or fault.
  • Navigating Government Immunities: Government entities have certain protections that can make suing them difficult. Experienced attorneys understand these immunities and how to navigate through them.
  • Negotiating with Government Attorneys: They have experience negotiating with government attorneys and are prepared to advocate fiercely for the compensation and rights of the injured party.
  • Taking the Case to Court if Necessary: If a fair settlement can’t be reached, they are ready to take the case to court, presenting a strong argument on behalf of the injured party.

Ellis Ricobbobo, LLP’s expertise, and assertive approach are crucial for successfully navigating the complexities of claims against government entities, ensuring that injured parties have the best possible chance at receiving fair compensation.

We’re committed to fighting for the rights of individuals affected by hazardous road conditions. Our goal is to make sure you’re treated fairly and get the complete compensation you deserve for your ordeal.

Get in touch with Ellis Riccobono, LLP by calling us at (424) 901-1202 or sending an email to info@ertriallawyers.com.