As Arizona highway defect attorneys, we will be the first to tell you that it is not possible to avoid all bumps, potholes, and defects in the road. However, there are a few ways to avoid those really bad spots that can leave you injured and your car damaged due to dangerous roadways, or worse.
- Never tailgate the car in front of you. This is dangerous for many reasons, including that you could rear-end the vehicle if they stop or slow suddenly. Rear-end collisions were the most common type of crash in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Also, if you are tailgating, you won’t have time to react when the car in front of you swerves to avoid a pothole or a defect in the road. Instead, stay back at least three seconds from the car in front of you. This means that as they pass a landmark, it should take another three seconds before you pass the same one. When you see the car in front of you swerve to miss something, you’ll be able to avoid it safely too.
- Stay aware. Never get distracted by signs, your radio, passengers, or your cell phone. You won’t see the defect, nor will you have time to avoid it safely.
- Obey all traffic signs. If they tell you to slow down, do it. You never know when you’ll come upon a sharp turn, poorly painted lines on the road, or large bumps or potholes. If you slow down, you have a better chance of avoiding injury and accidents.
- Note defects on a map or remember them for next time, especially if you drive the same route frequently. Of course, report these defects to the group in charge of maintaining the roads, but know that they may not be fixed immediately.
- Don’t drive while drowsy. Your reaction time and your vision can be compromised, and you may not see or be able to react as quickly as when you are fully awake.
Talk to an Arizona Personal Injury Attorney
As the Husband and Wife Law Team, we know you have a choice when it comes to which Arizona personal injury attorney to work with. We hope you’ll allow us to work to obtain a settlement for you that pays for the damages to your car as well as the injuries you incur. We believe the government entity responsible for keeping the roads safe for the public should cover your expenses while you work on recovering. Call us today for a free initial consultation. If we are able to accept your case, we can accept it on a contingency fee agreement, which means you will never have to pay anything out of pocket.