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Evansville Dangerous Road Conditions Injury Lawyers

The risks of driving on Indiana’s roadways are many and varied, but poor road conditions pose a significant threat. If you’ve been in an accident because of neglected or dangerous roads, call [firm-name] right away. We know what you’re going through, and we know exactly what steps to take to ensure you get the proper compensation for your injuries. Call us today at [phone-number] to set up a free consultation.

With thousands of vehicles weighing millions of collective pounds crossing Indiana daily, the state’s roads and highways experience heavy loads and require a significant amount of maintenance. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is responsible for maintaining state roads, and various municipalities and city governments are supposed to keep their local roads safe. If potholes, breaks in the pavement, or certain missing safety features are found to be at fault for a car accident, the agency in question needs to be held accountable for the damage.



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If you or a loved one has been in a serious car accident, your primary focus needs to be on your recovery and the well-being of your family. A good lawyer can take care of all the details needed to make a successful claim for the compensation you need to help with your care. They can collect and organize your medical records, your doctor’s diagnosis, and the testimony of medical professionals as to the effect of your injuries on your long-term health. They can investigate every aspect of the crash to determine who was at fault. 

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The Indiana car accident lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers have helped clients statewide, and as far as Kentucky and Illinois. Read about some of our client experiences here. We know what it’s like to survive a wreck—we help clients get through this difficult period all the time. When you hire Chapman Injury Lawyers, you can count on having the most attentive and responsive legal representation available. Our firm will fight relentlessly to bring the best possible resolution to your case. We are committed to your success. 

Dangerous Road Conditions – Causes of Accidents

One of the primary reasons that poorly maintained roads lead to car wrecks is that drivers are not expecting to encounter a pothole, broken pavement, or other obstruction. Hitting one of these obstacles at highway or road speed could either cause the car to crash, swerve out of control into traffic or another vehicle, or hit a pedestrian or cyclist. An accident could not only cause damage to the vehicle, but could cause significant injuries to the driver or passengers. Some of the more common accident-causing road damage includes:

  • Potholes
  • Broken pavement
  • Exposed rebar
  • Depressions, which can hold water and ice
  • Faulty guardrails
  • Poor drainage
  • Overgrown trees or shrubbery
  • Wheel ruts
  • Oil and chip areas – temporary road fixes that can become slippery over time
  • Loose pavement reflectors and other safety features

Injuries in Accidents on Dangerous Roads

Victims of a car accident caused by poor road conditions could suffer any combination of injuries of varying severity, including:

  • Whiplash or soft-tissue damage to the neck
  • Sprains, strains, or bruises
  • Bone breaks or fractures
  • Skin lacerations or punctures from broken bones, glass, or metal
  • Spinal damage, possibly leading to partial or full paralysis
  • Head or brain trauma, which could lead to permanent damage and require long-term care

It is vitally important to get medical attention after any car accident. You may have hidden injuries that could cause long-term damage if not treated.

Dangerous Road Statistics and Facts

These statistics emphasize just how dangerous the roads in Indiana can be:

  • 12% of Indiana’s 96,790 miles of public roads are in poor condition, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • The ASCE awarded the U.S. a “D+” in 2017 for its road conditions.
  • Indiana ranks 3rd in the country for bad roads and Illinois ranks 6th, according to a crowdsourced study by mapping company Lvl5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are some of the most commonly asked questions we get about car accidents caused by dangerous road conditions. If you have any other questions about your accident, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Chapman Injury Lawyers.

Who is liable for damage to my car or for my injuries in a poor road conditions accident?

Usually government agencies are responsible for maintaining the roads, but Indiana law gives government organizations time to discover the faulty condition and time to repair it before they can be held liable for an accident. If the condition has existed for a long time, then the law may hold that they had ample time to discover the problem and should have repaired it.

What do I need to do to make a claim?

You will need to provide: the name of the road, the location of the condition that caused the accident, what direction you were traveling, the physical characteristics of the obstruction (size, depth, etc.), and the names and contact information of any witnesses. It will help to take pictures of the obstruction as soon as possible for evidence. If you wait, the nature of the obstruction may change. You will also need to know which government body is responsible for that section of the roadway. Your attorney can help with the necessary research.

What Can I Be Compensated For?

Each accident is unique, but some possible forms of compensation may take include:

  • Medical bills
  • Cost of long-term care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of household income
  • Pain and suffering

Your attorney can evaluate your injuries and the elements specific to your case to advise you on what types of compensation may apply to you.

Call Chapman Injury Lawyers Right Away for Help with Your Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a dangerous road condition, call the experienced car accident lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers right away. You need a top-notch team of advocates by your side who will relentlessly represent you throughout your case. We guarantee you will have the best legal representation available, to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (812) 426-0600, or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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