We expect our roadways in Vancouver, BC to be safe. Unfortunately, the roadways are sometimes inadequate or defective. Defective roadways can cause auto accidents that lead to serious personal injury and, on occasion, death.
Some of the road defects that cause auto accidents are:
- Unmarked or inadequately marked construction zones
- Inappropriate road surface material and surface defects
- Debris in the roads
- Areas with incoming traffic are not marked
- Narrow shoulder drop-offs
- Intersections with poor visibility
- Stripped roads without proper warning
- Defective guardrails and medians
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Obscured traffic signs and stop signs
- Excessive potholes
- Uneven lanes
A defective road can cause an auto accident or contribute to the accident. A large majority of drivers involved in auto accidents note that some part of the roadway was a contributing factor to the accident. A defective roadway may cause a driver to lose control causing an accident or a driver may lose control of the vehicle in a situation where the vehicle could have been corrected and an accident been avoided.
The government is responsible for maintaining our Vancouver roads. The government may be responsible for damages and personal injuries if a defective roadway was the cause or played a role in the auto accident. A lawsuit involving the government has different statues of limitations and is very different than a lawsuit involving another driver and the insurance company. Our experienced auto accident lawyers in Vancouver, BC have the knowledge needed to get you compensation for your injuries and damages when a lawsuit involves the government.
Our Vancouver roads should be safe and well maintained. If you have been in an auto accident caused by a defective road, please contact the law firm of Stephens & Holman today to speak with an auto accident lawyer.