Road Hazard-related Accidents
A chair, tool box, mattress, spare tire, bathroom sink, television… a strange array of items to be sure, but what’s the connection? For many motorists these and many other incongruous odds and ends can cause a momentary, albeit chilling sensation of dread as the driver tries to maneuver at highway speeds around the object. Whether a driver hits a deep pothole in the roadway or attempts to swerve in order to avoid a household artifact lying in their lane of the beltway, the potential for getting into a traffic wreck is quite real in any case.
As Baltimore automobile and trucking accident attorneys, the professional s at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, know that almost anything can cause a serious personal injury accident. When the topic of traffic wrecks comes up, it is not uncommon for most people to think immediately of another driver making a wrong turn at an urban intersection or cutting someone off on the interstate; they rarely consider damaged pavement or grandma’s old rocking chair as being the potential triggers for a deadly car, truck or motorcycle collision. But they just as easily could be.
While household items falling off the roofs of vehicles, lawnmowers bouncing out of pickup truck beds or industrial goods coming loose from the back of a flatbed commercial trailer, other more common road hazards dot the highway landscape every day. From potholes, to poorly marked construction zones and misleading roadway signs, these all amount to potential causes of serious injury accidents, and a few fatal traffic wrecks as well.
As personal injury lawyers, the legal staff at Lebowitz & Mzhen investigates every aspect of a traffic accident -- this can include a first-hand survey of the accident scene as well as detailed inspections of the vehicles involved in the crash -- our attorneys document what happened and how the collision occurred in order to determine with whom liability should reside. In addition to the facts surrounding the incident itself, we also perform an analysis of the victim’s financial losses, as well as pain and suffering.
As with many kinds of roadway accidents, victims who have been badly hurt may be facing a long and drawn out recovery process. We consider this aspect of your case, too; and combined with proper preparation, we will fight for maximum compensation for our clients, especially in situations of extended hospital stays, long-term rehabilitation and even life-long nursing home care. Our legal team is on your side providing professional advice and personal, compassionate attention.
When it comes to road hazard accidents, motorcycle riders can often receive the worst injuries, mainly because of their inherent lack of protection when riding a bike or motor scooter. Some of the more common threats to both motorcyclists and automobile drivers include the following hazards:
- Road construction barriers
- Untrimmed or poorly maintained roadside foliage
- Roadway construction machinery, equipment or vehicles
- Faulty traffic signals
When the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen take on a client’s case, we begin to look into all the various aspects of the crash that caused the injury or wrongful death. Many details actually come to light only after the fact, during the post-crash investigation. Using police accident reports, eyewitness accounts and information from traffic accident reconstruction, our legal team can study and discover the causes, sources and process in which a crash occurred, which usually points to the responsible party(s).
For motorcyclists injured as a result of a road-related problem, it is important to consider if there was loose gravel or small pebbles on roadway, which may have contributed to a crash. Poorly maintained pavement, bumpy or undulating patches of asphalt, even excessively slick or oily stretches of road can contribute to a bike accident. For motorcyclists and bicycle riders alike, jagged or uneven roadway pavement can be another potential cause of a bad injury accident.
As Maryland personal injury lawyers we know that motorcycle accidents are associated with much higher death and injury rates when compared to similar automobile and truck-related collisions. As a biker, you are three times more likely to be hurt and up to 14 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident. Wearing a helmet can help, but the risk of serious injury or death is still quite high. Throw in the random incidence of an unexpected road hazard and bikers can be facing slim odds in areas of poor road maintenance.
At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we recommend that anyone hurt in a bad road wreck consult with a skilled auto accident attorney, if only to better understand your rights and options going forward. Our legal experts can assist victims and their families recover damages from the negligent parties in a traffic-related bodily injury lawsuit. As experienced trial attorneys, we prepare every case as if it will be argued in a court of law. While not every case goes to court, the level of preparation can be an influencing factor that may result in an out-of-court settlement.
If you or someone you love has recently been hurt in a motor vehicle collision, we highly recommend that you speak with a skilled personal injury attorney who has years of trial law experience pursuing negligence cases. Whether the lawsuit is a personal injury or wrongful death case, our Maryland auto accident lawyers are ready to discuss the details of your injuries and the events leading up to them. Please phone our law offices toll free at (800) 654-1949, or you may contact Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen by email to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.