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Road Defects from Municipal Negligence

When you pay your taxes, this money goes towards public schools, transportation, and parks. Another very important part of tax money supports the maintenance of old roads as well as the construction of new streets. If a city or township does not put an adequate amount of tax revenue towards roads, they can become defective and dangerous.

Should a municipality not allocate enough money to roads, it can result in physical road damage as well as lack of informative signs and guardrails that can help you drive safely. Without safe roads, both you and your vehicle can suffer. If you are a victim of municipal negligence, contact a Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.

Improper Maintenance Flaws

Due to faulty construction or the natural wear-and-tear that happens to a road, the road base can erode. This results in problems such as potholes, uneven pavement, and steep shoulder drop-offs. Although these may not seem like major issues, they can cause damage to your tires, suspension, and other important parts. Additionally, going over a steep shoulder-drop off may even cause you to lose control and crash.

Lack of Signs and Guardrails

Besides the road itself, there are several other important aspects of a safe, efficient road system. First, municipalities should use a variety of signs for information as well as warnings and instructions. If one of these signs becomes unreadable, it can become very hazardous. For example, if a stop sign becomes unapparent, cars may wreck going through the intersection.

If a road lacks guardrails, you may run off the roadway and into a steep, dangerous ditch, among other dangers. Guardrails can also serve to protect you from:

  • Railroad tracks
  • Road drop-offs
  • Traffic coming the other way

When you pay your taxes, you are paying for safe, properly maintained roads. If a municipality does not quickly and correctly repair roads, place signs, and put up guardrails, you and your loved ones can be placed at risk for serious accidents.

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If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to municipal negligence, please contact a Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today to discuss your case.

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