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Poor Roads In Florida Can Cause Car Accidents

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Poor and unmaintained roads are a recipe for disaster. After years of usage, many highways in Southwest Florida are starting to deteriorate and are in need of repairs. While this is totally normal as part of its life cycle, the effects of deterioration and poor road maintenance can affect your driving. For instance, uneven surfaces can make you lose control of your vehicle.

Keep an eye out for these signs of poorly maintained roads to avoid car accidents as much as you can.

• Potholes – Old roads can develop potholes, and depending on their size, these holes can be unnoticeable until you drive over them. Drivers who are unaware that there are potholes on the highway might suddenly swerve or hit the brakes, which can inflict serious injuries to passengers, and damages to other cars.

Potholes can be extra dangerous when it’s raining. Aside from the difficulty in spotting them, it will also be harder to gauge how deep they are as rainwater fills them in. If you cannot completely avoid driving over them, at the very least you should slow down and pass by carefully to avoid any harmful impact.

• Damaged And Undreadable Road Signs – A poor and unreadable road signage is also a sign of poorly maintained roads and highways. Road signs are incredibly important and serve as a warning to drivers so that they will know what to expect and how to drive safely.

When road signs are hard to read or non-existent in places where they should be located, it can cause drivers to make wrong decisions and be unprepared for oncoming hazards like blind curves and intersections.

• Protruding Rebars Or Steel – Roads are made stronger by rebars or steel, but as the years pass and the asphalt starts to grow brittle and thin, the rebars can show up. Exposed rebars are very dangerous to cars as they can blow up tires or make drivers lose control of their vehicle when the steel catches on any part of the vehicle. Rebars can also inflict deep scratches on vehicles. Pedestrians can walk and trip over them.

• Poor Road Lighting – Unmaintained roads often also suffer from poor to non-existent lighting. Car lights are sometimes not enough to help drivers see, especially during nighttime and inclement weather where there is zero visibility. Poorly lit and unlit highways make it difficult for drivers to see what’s ahead of them, read the signs, or see which way they are going.

• Construction Zones – When roads are under repair, parts of them are sealed. The road construction zone contains its own hazards like the possibility of falling debris, drill holes, and barriers in the middle of the road. While the construction is a promising sign for better roads in the future, do not let your guard down and drive slowly when passing by.

Even the most careful drivers can get into an accident caused by poor and unmanaged roads. While no other parties might be involved in the accident, you can still get into a complicated negotiation with your insurance plans or contractors who are assigned to maintain the road. An experienced personal injury lawyer should be there to make sure that you receive what you are owed.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Poor Roads In Florida Can Cause Car Accidents

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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