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Shoulder Drop-Off Accidents

Many auto accidents are caused by driver error, whether it be from reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, or improperly changing lanes. However, accidents can also occur when a road is not properly constructed or maintained. A driver could be in complete control of his or her vehicle when suddenly a road defect causes him or her to spin out of control or crash. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident caused by a poorly maintained road, contact a shoulder drop-off accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.

What is a Shoulder Drop-Off?

The shoulder drop-off is where the paved area of a road ends and an unpaved surface begins. The edge of a road surface is supposed to be smoothly integrated into the surrounding environment, but sometimes a road is engineered or constructed so that there is a steep drop from the pavement or asphalt to the ground. When the drop is more than a few inches, it can create a serious hazard for anyone who is trying to pull off the road or who drives off the road for any reason.

Shoulder Drop-Off Accident Risks

Many people may not be aware that there can be a steep drop between the road and the ground surface and may try to partially pull off of the road. As soon as the vehicle’s wheels leave the pavement, they could drop several inches, causing the vehicle to spin out of control, roll over, or at the very least be damaged by the impact of the drop. In serious cases, the driver and passengers could be severely injured or killed in the resulting crash.

Contact Us

If you have been hurt in an accident and believe that a shoulder drop-off was the cause, you may be eligible for compensation for your accident-related injuries and other costs. Contact the Madison road defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 for legal advice and assistance with your case.

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