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Madison Shoulder Drop-off Attorneys

There is a problem that can arise after road construction efforts if crews are not particularly responsible regarding the shoulder or emergency lane. Known as shoulder drop-off, these road defects occur when the height of the highway is significantly taller than the height of the shoulder. Although this may not seem like a major problem, the shoulder should be a safe place to momentarily stop when mechanical problems or other needs require it. However, if a drop-off is present, the resulting accidents can be devastating.

For a free consultation and legal advice regarding your injuries if you have been involved in an accident caused or worsened by a roadway defect, contact the Madison shoulder drop-off attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.

Drop-off Damages and Injuries

As highways grew more extensive and more crowded following the construction of the interstate system, several government studies in the following decades revealed the dangers of shoulder drop-off. Spearheaded by the Federal Highway Administration, studies have proven that drop-off has become a problem found throughout American highways. A mere two inches’ difference may be sufficient to compromise a driver’s ability to control his or her own vehicle. Failure to maintain shoulders regularly may lead to the following problems:

  • tire blow-out
  • suspension damage
  • wheel damage
  • loss of control, contributing to a collision

In order to combat this problem, municipalities are responsible for evening out roads and shoulders as well as posting signs where this process is not possible. Without these necessary steps to improve driver safety, the road itself may continue to pose a threat to highway safety.

Contact Us

If you have been injured because of a drop-off between the road and the shoulder, legal action may be appropriate. Contact the road defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

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