Potholes commonly occur on roads as a result of heavy use and the wearing of a road surface. As the pavement weakens, it may start to crack, eroding material and eventually causing the surface to cave in, forming a pothole. If they aren’t fixed, potholes can grow and deepen as more and more material is worn or chipped away from traffic, wind, or water.
It is easy to miss an open pothole, especially at night when visibility is low. Even when they are shallow, potholes can damage car tires or suspensions and may cause an accident. They can also injure pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, skateboarders, or other road users who are unaware of a potentially dangerous pothole.
Local, state, and national government institutions have a responsibility to maintain roadways for drivers and other users so that people may use them in a safe manner. If you have been injured by an unmarked pothole, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Reporting your injury from road hazards helps to make other road users aware of potential dangers and helps to ensure that governments stick to their legal obligation to keep roads safe. A personal injury attorney can protect your interests in a court of law and fight to get you the compensation for your injuries that you may deserve.
On crowded streets and high-speed highways, a pothole may cause a devastating accident, resulting in serious injuries. For more information on pothole accident liability and compensation, please contact the experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.