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Dangerous and Defective Roads

A lot of the time, an auto accident will be the fault of one or more drivers — someone was speeding or failed to yield and caused a collision. But there are times when the accident will be caused or made worse by the condition of the road or highway itself. Many municipal and state governments have had to make tough choices in recent years as they’ve had more needs than money, but when roads and highways are improperly maintained, the results can be catastrophic — whether it’s a large pothole causing a crash or a highway bridge collapsing because the concrete needed repair.

The idea of making a claim against the government can be daunting, but when the government is negligent in its duty to maintain roads and highways and you’re injured as a result of that negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Sometimes your claim may not involve the government at all, but a private contractor who was negligent in highway construction.

If you’ve been injured because of dangerous and defective roads, the help of an experienced personal injury attorney will be invaluable. A qualified lawyer has the knowledge to identify the party that should be responsible to compensate you, and the skill to negotiate a settlement or try your case if a lawsuit must be filed.

Common Road Hazards and Defects

A road hazard or defect can take any form, but some types are more common than others, and can cause serious harm to you and your vehicle if not corrected or repaired. Among those you may be likely to encounter are:

  • Roads with little or no shoulder
  • Pavement or shoulder that’s uneven
  • Potholes
  • Improper drainage that can cause water to build up and vehicles to hydroplane
  • No guardrails on curves or hillsides or next to ditches
  • Improper or no warning of construction, curves, bumps, or dips
  • Signs blocked by foliage or debris
  • Open trenches

Dangerous Highways in Illinois

Some highways are just more prone to accidents than others. That may relate to the condition of the road, or the sheer volume of traffic that travels the road each day.

A few years ago, I-94, also known as the Edens Parkway, ranked No. 7 on a list of the Top 100 dangerous interstates in America, with a fatal accident happening an average of every 1.38 miles.

Illinois Highway 173 in Lake County north of Chicago is another road named one of the nation’s most dangerous in a survey a few years ago.

Other major highways in the greater Chicago area where more accidents tend to happen include the Dan Ryan Expressway, Tri-State Tollway, Kennedy Expressway, Interstate 290, Interstate 294, Interstate 80, and Interstate 90.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident on one of these roads, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you get compensation for your medical bills and other damages. Call us at for a free consultation.