A city or township is responsible for taking its income and using it to support the community through things such as parks, public education, libraries, and so on. However, another important part of your tax dollars goes to road construction and maintenance. If a municipality fails to build and maintain roads as needed, it can result in dangerous road defects.
When you pay your taxes, you are paying for the right to safe, well-maintained roadways. Should a municipality choose to ignore road problems and use the money for something else, it can cause damage to both you and your vehicle. If you are the victim of municipal negligence, you should contact a Champaign auto accident attorney from Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 328-2828.
Common Road Defects
Road defects can arise in two ways. First, improper construction can create a quickly weakened roadway, leading to defects. Secondly, the wear-and-tear of traffic and the natural process of erosion can cause defects over time. It is a municipality’s responsibility to prevent and repair these defects, which can include:
- Lack of signs
- Lack of guardrails
- Uneven pavement
- Steep shoulder drop-offs
While potholes and uneven pavement may seem like a minor annoyance, they can also lead to suspension and tire damage for your vehicle. Problems like lack of guardrails and steep shoulder drop-offs can lead to dangerous accidents such as rollovers, which can hurt you and your passengers.
Municipalities are responsible for keeping roads in safe condition so that you are not in danger every time you drive. If you have suffered in a car accident due to municipal negligence, you should contact a Champaign auto accident lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 328-2828 today to discuss your legal options.