Defective Road Accidents

Defective Road Accidents

Accident Resource Center of Michigan

Defective roadway design and maintenance can cause wrongful death and serious injuries in car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Since the majority of roadways are the responsibilities of the city, county, state or federal governments, lawsuits involving defective roadways are different from those involving corporations and individuals. In Michigan, an individual who is injured due to a defective roadway must notify the appropriate government agency within 60 to 120 days, depending on the agency.

Roadway defects that often result in serious accidents include:

  • Lack of a median
  • Defective or unsafe pavement
  • Failure to post warning signs and traffic signals
  • Shoulder drop-offs
  • Inadequate sight distance
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Potholes
  • Debris or trees on roadway
  • Unsafe sidewalks or crosswalks
  • Uneven surface to shoulder
  • Failure to properly stripe the roadway

Unfortunately, our courts have been restrictive in limiting the rights of injured victims from bringing claims unless there is an actual defect on the road surface. However, the factors listed above can still be considered in the evaluation of any claim. If you, a friend or loved one have suffered a serious injury caused by a defect in the roadway, contact the injury specialists by our online form or by calling The Law Offices of Henry M. Hanflik, 1-888-905-4632.