If someone is injured in a car accident he or she did not cause, should the other driver be to blame or the road? The answer may seem obvious; if a driver fails to stop for a stop sign and slams into another car, they should be at fault. But what if this particular stop sign is run through daily and is the scene of numerous other accidents? The people in Crawford County, AK are asking themselves that very question.
In early December a Crawford County deputy was injured when another car ran a stop sign on local highway 162 and hit his police cruiser. Now residents are questioning the safety of that intersection in light of the fact that less than one month earlier a similar accident involving 3 cars occurred at that same intersection. To make matters worse, the intersection is very close to a school and traffic is heavy in the mornings and afternoons. Drivers are complaining that there is not enough light to properly see signs at night and that the speed limit is not enforced in that stretch of road.
The residents of Crawford Co. do have a point; dangerous roads have been ruled to be the cause of serious accidents in the past, especially if numerous accidents have occurred at the same site. On the other hand, if drivers do not see a stop sign because they are speeding, they are not excused of liability for damages the resulting accident causes. These issues are seldom black and white and are open to interpretation by lawyers and juries.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, the best thing to do is to call a personal injury lawyer at The Berry Law Group. You will speak to someone who will listen to your case and then you can decide together whether you think it was the driver or the road that was at fault. In some cases it may be worth pursuing both. Fortunately, you do not have to make these difficult decisions alone, a good personal injury lawyer will help you every step of the way.