Many roads have shoulders next to the driving lane, in case a car should veer off the road or need to pull over for repairs. While they do provide a safer place for stopped vehicles, the majority of road-side shoulders are unfortunately made of aggregate materials that degrade over time. This erosion of the shoulder creates a shoulder drop-off, in which the shoulder is at least several inches lower than the road itself. Any vehicle that intentionally or accidentally drives onto a shoulder with this kind of defect has a much greater chance of losing control and being involved in an accident.
If you have been in an accident caused by a shoulder drop-off, you may want to pursue compensation from the responsible municipal agency. Our Wausau shoulder drop-off lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to provide you with professional legal representation to help you get this compensation. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to speak with a member of our legal team.
Shoulders are often made from loose, aggregate materials such as gravel rather than solid concrete. Constant heavy traffic and rough weather conditions cause a degradation of road-side shoulders. Among these, a few of the common causes of shoulder drop-offs include:
As roads and their maintenance are the responsibility of municipalities, accidents caused by road defects should be the responsibility of the municipal agency.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by shoulder drop-off, you could be eligible for financial compensation to help pay for your losses and injuries. Our Wausau shoulder drop-off attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are ready to fight to protect your rights. Call our office today at 800-242-2874 for a complementary case evaluation.