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Lawsuit demonstrates newer roads aren’t always safe

The reason so many motorists receive warnings about roads in rural areas is because they often lack proper maintenance. Construction primarily focuses on streets near larger cities, so anyone speeding through the rough countryside has a higher chance of hitting a pothole or veering into a ditch off the borderless road. They also receive warnings on driving slower when construction does happen on a road so they can avoid crashing into one of the workers, machines or many signs occupying the area.

When a street is all fixed and there are no workers or construction signs in sight, you would think you would no longer have to worry about an accident from faulty road conditions. Unfortunately, there are some instances where construction workers can rush to complete their job early so they no longer have to hear complaints from the hundreds of people who want to use the road. Any oversights they make during the finalization of the road can be costly, as demonstrated by the recent story of a young man in South Dakota forced to deal with a permanent spine injury potentially because of one contractor’s mistake.

Tack coat trap

Early in the summer, a 20-year-old driver from Burke drove his truck on the newly repaired Highway 45 with his brother in the passenger seat. He lost control of his vehicle in the middle of a light rainstorm and slid off the state highway. He and his brother received major injuries in the process. He ultimately became a paraplegic after suffering from a catastrophic spine injury.

Months later, he decides to take his injury to the courtroom. He filed a claim against a contractor from Mitchell and believes his crash was the result of the worker failing to cover the layer of tack coating on the highway. This made the road far more slippery even before raindrops began landing on the coating. There were also no signs warning incoming drivers about the tack coating or any attempts to reduce the speed limit in the area. A report from the Asphalt Institute states that drivers should not be allowed to drive on tack coating unless it is properly covered.

Construction precaution

While accidents on newer roads do not happen as much as they do in rural areas and construction sites, this story demonstrates that there are additional hazards on these streets that people may not realize. Aside from a worker failing to cover some of the tack coat on the road, it can still feel too new and slick to drivers that typically go through the area. Additionally, a newer road opening up means that more drivers will come through that way, and not all of them are aware of potential new road hazards.

Whether you find yourself hurt through faulty road repairs or a motorist going too fast on slick grounds, a motor vehicle accident attorney can help you recover any financial damage you receive from the ordeal.

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