Can Potholes Cause Serious Accidents?
April 20, 2022
A pothole can cause a severe car accident and injuries. If you have driven around the greater Philadelphia region, you know that potholes are fairly common. Whether a pothole can cause a crash depends on several factors.
Not every pothole is dangerous. Most of them cause minor damage to a vehicle. There are many drivers who suffer damaged tires, axels, and shocks after hitting a large or deep pothole. Factors that can lead to a pothole accident include:
- Size of the pothole.
- Depth of the pothole.
- Where the pothole is located.
- Type of vehicle you are driving.
- Speed at which you are traveling.
Depending upon these factors, you may get into a crash. Suppose you are driving a smaller vehicle, like a sports car, and you hit a large pothole. If you hit the hole at a high speed, you could lose control and hit another vehicle. Imagine traveling at 55 miles per hour down a roadway and you hit a pothole. You could damage your axle, affecting the steering of the vehicle. In this scenario, it is easy to understand how someone can be being seriously injured in a pothole crash.
How Can Pothole Accidents Be Prevented?
Even if you are an average citizen, you can help prevent pothole accidents. Most states or large municipalities have a pothole hotline that you can call. Which phone number you have to look up will depend upon if it is a state controlled road or a local, municipal controlled road. It may take time to fix, but at the very least, you calling will make sure the government knows about the issue.
Additionally, it is important that you always follow the rules of the road and monitor your speed, especially during pothole season in spring. Be aware of potential road conditions, and make sure your focus is on the road.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. Are Here to Help Those Seriously Injured in Pothole Crashes
If you have been severely injured due to a pothole accident, speak with one of our Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. You may have legal options, and we can help you choose the right path. We are only a quick phone call away. Call us at 215-569-9100 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.