Crashes Caused by Roadway Defects Are Not Just Accidents

Roadway defects can lead to serious crashes and severe injuries or death. Some types of defects are not obvious to drivers and crash victims may believe that a driver was to blame or that the crash was “just an accident.” When defects such as potholes, improperly banked curves, and dangerous intersection design lead to crashes the government entity responsible for roadway design, construction, and/or maintenance can often be held liable.

In those circumstances, an experienced defective roadway attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.


A safe and proper roadway design is a complex process. A well-designed roadway can fall short due to construction mistakes or fall into disrepair due to inadequate or improper maintenance. Some defects are more obvious than others, but even seemingly subtle defects can be very serious and may be proven by a history of accidents at the location. Examples of roadway defects include:

  • Lack of streetlights
  • Malfunctioning streetlights
  • Malfunctioning traffic signal
  • The intersection that should have a traffic signal but does not
  • Unclear obscured or inaccurate road signs
  • Improperly banked curve
  • Improper drainage
  • Potholes and other damage
  • Unmarked shoulder drop-off
  • Inadequately marked construction zone
  • Missing or damaged guardrails
  • Lack of breakaway devices on pole and posts

Defective roadway claims are almost always claims against government entities. This changes the rules. It is no longer a standard auto accident case. You need to act quickly and you need the help of an auto accident attorney who has experience with defective roadway claims. To learn more about your rights and how you may be able to recover compensation for your defective roadway accident claim, in Amarillo or anywhere in Texas, please call Wood Law Firm, LLP, at (806) 304-0447 or email us right away and schedule your free consultation.