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Unsafe roadways: When car accident liability is hard to identify

Sometimes the cause of a car accident is relatively easy to determine. Another driver may have caused the crash because of alcohol consumption or negligent driving. Other times, car accidents seem to happen out of nowhere, making it difficult to determine liability. These kinds of accidents can occur on all types of West Virginia roadways and may involve a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. If no obvious explanation exists, it just might be the road itself that caused the accident.

Any number of unforeseen and unexpected road conditions can cause drivers to crash. Most state and local level governments do all they can to correct problems on urban and rural roads as well as highways, but sometimes hazardous conditions may be overlooked. Below you will find some examples of poor road conditions that can lead to a car accident.

-- Unrepaired potholes or cracks in the road

-- Missing, obstructed or damaged signs that would signal drivers to use caution

-- Faded or missing road markings

-- Overgrown foliage that interrupts line-of-sight

-- Hazardous debris on the roadway

-- Damaged or poorly-maintained roadway shoulders

-- Inadequate sanding or salting in winter conditions

Many people think there is nothing they can do after experiencing a car accident in which no other person is obviously at fault. However, this is not necessarily true. When you know your car accident could have been prevented but do not know precisely where the fault lies, you may find answers as well as solutions by talking with a lawyer.

In our personal injury practice, we understand the legal obstacles inherent to this kind of car accident and we know how to investigate the incident thoroughly. Please visit our web page dedicated to dangerous roadway accidents if you would like to learn more.

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