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Accidents Due to Road Hazards and Highway Defects: A Major Failure by the Government?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has never fallen short in its efforts to remind all drivers about the necessity of observing traffic rules and responsible driving. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, the NHTSA has specific advertisements and programs which are intended to give you whatever information (regarding road safety) you need to know.

Obviously, millions of vehicular accidents can be blamed on drivers. As NHTSA’s records show, the most common causes of road accidents are drunk-driving, driver error (such as failure to use the seatbelt of signal lights), (over or under) speeding and reckless driving. The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., based on the so many auto accident cases they have handled and defended well, confirms the fact that no matter how carefully you follow traffic rules there are just some drivers who do not have the same amount of care, being more pre-occupied with their interests than with the safety of all others.

But let us set aside such issues for now and face another fact – that there are many other instances when the cause of the accident is beyond the control of the driver. Some of these can be blamed on the manufacturers of cars and car parts, where low-quality materials are used, while promising great performance just to ensure salability.

Though manufacturers may affect only those who patronize their products and put to risk only these certain few (and their victims) while on the road, there is another factor which directly affects all motorists, putting not just a few, but everybody’s life in danger – road hazards or highway defects.

When a driver violates safety traffic rules, the government’s traffic authorities catches and charges them with the appropriate cases; when manufacturers sell parts that fail industry and government standards, they are charged with product liability (if these parts become the reason for an accident). But when the problem concerns highway defects or road hazards (like roadway debris, potholes, uneven pavement, missing road signs, damaged or missing guardrail), which can very well result to major accidents and severe injuries, who will run after the government, where the responsibility of ensuring the construction of good roads, maintaining the roads’ safeness and displaying of road warning signs where appropriate, lies?

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, which continue in its defense of so many clients who are victims of accident-related injuries, have witnessed how victims undergo the physical, emotional (and even financial) sufferings caused by their injuries. Regardless of who’s at fault – a private individual, a firm or a governmental entity, once injuries are sustained, the liable party will have to do justice; such is what the requires and the law excuses no one.