Road Defects May Cause Hydroplaning and Car Accidents

May 23, 2014
by The Atkins & Markoff Team

Road Defects May Cause Hydroplaning and Car Accidents

It happens in the blink of an eye; one minute you’re driving down the road on a rainy day, and the next thing you know, you lose control of your vehicle, it slides or spins and then you careen into the guardrail or off the road. Or, worse yet, you end up crashing into another vehicle. If you or a loved one has been invovled in a car accident which resulted in injuries or fatalities, contact the experienced Oklahoma car accident lawyers at Atkins and Markoff to discuss your case. Our reputable legal team has the manpower and years of experience in car accient litigation to help insure that you win the compensation you deserve.


What is hydroplaning and what can cause it?

Hydroplaning, which happens when you car, motorcycle, or truck’s tires become separated from the road surface by a layer of water, can be cause by excessive speed or poor tire treat, but in many cases, it is caused by something completely out of the driver’s control – road defects.

Common road defects that can lead to hydroplaning include:
• Improperly designed roadways.
• Lack of appropriate warning signs.
• Insufficient cross slope (the slope from the middle of the road to the side of the road which helps prevent pooling of water).
• Poor road maintenance.

The severe winter weather in Oklahoma can cause damage to our roads and highways, creating dangerous conditions throughout the year. If you suffer a hydroplaning accident that you feel was caused by a road defect, it is important for you to contact our Oklahoma City auto crash lawsuit attorneys. Our personal injury attorney team experience to guide you through a possible claim and will give you the best chance at compensation for auto collision damages.