Ohio Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Role Of Defective Highway Design In Collisions

by | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

The Ohio Car Accident Lawyers with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that each year a large number of motor vehicle accidents are attributed to faults in highway maintenance or design. These errors can range from problems with signage or traffic flow to imperfections in the construction of the roadway.

In one such case of defective highway design, the state of Ohio has been forced to pay $1.8 million in damages to the family of a woman who crashed and died as a result of another vehicle hitting a pothole in the road. According to an article from FOX 19 News, the incident occurred in 2008 along Route 165, outside Youngstown, Ohio.

Reports indicate the woman was driving to work when a truck traveling in the opposite direction hit a pothole in the road, swerved across the center dividing line, and collided with the victim’s vehicle.

The family later filed suit against the state Department of Transportation, claiming the accident would not have occurred had the pothole not been in the road. Furthermore, the state was negligent in failing to fix the problem or properly maintain the roads.

The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how devastating the loss of a loved one to an accident can be and hope the decision reached in the case brings closure to the family of the victim.