Santa Clarita is often hailed as a relatively safe community, and many people who live there believe that the roads are well-maintained. Yet despite the fact that roads may be cared for in most parts of the valley, car accidents still occur. In the year 2009, six people died in Santa Clarita traffic accidents. There were 10 vehicles involved in these collisions and a total of 10 people that were involved in the accidents. One pedestrian was involved in the incidents.
Most of these accidents happen on some of the busier roads of Santa Clarita like Lyons Avenue. Yet most of the accidents happened on the roads of the city that are windy and are not properly lit. For example, two of the fatalities in 2009 happened on Soledad Canyon Road, a windy road with no street lamps that weaves between the hills. This narrow two-lane road can often bring on the potential for a head-on collision. As well, accidents happened on Sierra Highway, Calgrove, and The Old Road, all dimly lit streets for the most part.
There are a variety of reasons why a road can be dangerous. Some of those reasons include:
Many times, road hazards should be signposted. This means that if you are about to hit a sharp turn, there should be a road sign designating that this is fast approaching. As well, if there is the possibility of an animal crossing ahead, there should be a warning about this danger. Roads that are particularly narrow or have bridges that could clip tall trucks should have signs posting this information. As well, all roads should have properly posted speed limits that will allow drivers to stay at a safe speed.
If you believe that the topography of the road is the reason for your accident and the factors that caused your collision should have been fixed, then you can contact a personal injury firm and seek compensation. For example, if you were involved in an accident because of a pothole on the road, then this would be a legitimate reason for a lawsuit because the city should have maintained the road if it is their responsibility. As well, if there were large barriers such as a fallen tree or a piece of furniture that fell from a truck in the road, and these items are not removed promptly by law enforcement, then this could potentially cause a lawsuit.
If you aim to seek compensation and prove that a road that you were driving on was inherently dangerous, then you are going to want some assistance with your lawsuit. You will want to hire a Santa Clarita personal injury lawyer to come alongside you and help you develop a convincing case. You will want to collect any police reports and take photos of the road hazards that you may have stumbled upon or that caused your accident. You may want to mention if there was any debris, potholes, or other dangers that were factors in the accident. With the right lawyer there to help, you may be able to get your case across and achieve a settlement as a result.
The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus is a Southern California firm that focuses on helping the injured in a variety of different situations. The attorneys at this firm will tackle car accident cases, dog bite claims, medical malpractice instances, construction accidents, on-the-job injuries, and many more. With more than 25 years of experience, you can trust that this firm is one that cares about you and understands how to handle your case. Talk to them today for more information!