Last month, a motorcyclist on a 2003 Harley-Davidson was riding on Little Marrowbone Road in Ashland City when he struck a pile of gravel and flew into the air before crash-landing in the middle of the road. When he was discovered, he was unconscious. He died later at a local hospital.
The motorcyclist did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system. The pile of gravel in the middle of the road was found to be the cause of the accident.
Cities Have Responsibilities to Maintain Roads
A study by The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation showed that road problems cause more than 42,000 car accidents every year. Improperly maintained roads can include any one of the following:
- Gravel in the road
- Oil in the road
- Debris in the road
- Design flaws, like improper lines or blind corners
- Ice patches
- Construction work zones
- Cracks or potholes in the road
Poor road conditions are often caused by seasonal weather changes and traffic conditions in Tennessee. Victims or families who have lost their loved ones due to poor road conditions may be able to receive compensation in these cases given that public roadways are the local government’s responsibility to maintain.
However, government agencies have a tendency to dispute the cause and claim driver error in an attempt to avoid paying compensation for lost wages, medical bills, emotional trauma or any other damages the victim have sustained. Typically, local governments are given a reasonable amount of time to figure out which areas have poor road conditions. They receive information by conducting regular roadway inspections or through residents who report a particularly hazardous road condition.
If you would like to make a report on poor road conditions, you may want to try calling Tennessee 511, which directs callers through a list of options provided by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, or visit the website. However, if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a poor road condition, it is best to immediately contact an attorney, as filing a roadway condition claim can be complex. A car accident attorney can explain your rights in the situation.
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