An issue in many cases is whether the environment contributed to or caused an accident. Conditions such as potholes, standing water, or debris on the roadway can lead to loss of control. We can help determine whether a guard rail should have prevented an accident. We analyze an alleged road defects to determine if it contributed to the accident.
Areas we typically address for a road defect accident:
- Vehicle speed, motion, timing
- Reaction times, driver actions, sight distance
- Was a road defect present (pavement edge drop-off, standing water, pothole)
- Was the road designed, built, and maintained properly (guard rail, median barrier, cable barrier, road and shoulder profile, recovery zone, traffic control devices)
- Did a road defect contribute to the accident (edge height, water depth, vehicle path, median barrier cable height)
- Was the vehicle affected by the road defect (tire marks indicating vehicle redirection, scuff marks on tire sidewalls)