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How Winter Weather Makes Potholes Worse - Injured in Car Accident

By Christopher Hoffmann  Feb. 25, 2016 10:53a

Driving has become more of a challenge these days thanks to the extremely cold weather, and to make matter worse, roads with potholes become even more dangerous. If you drive around St. Louis you have likely realized that many streets are in disrepair. Some roads are broken, cracked, and not well maintained, which leads to uncomfortable and bumpy rides for drivers. Driving on a bad road is not just a frustrating experience, it can be dangerous when potholes are not repaired. No wonder so many traffic accidents and injuries are caused by potholes every year.


Potholes normally result from a combination of traffic and water in an area. When water seeps through and underneath the road surface, it may freeze and turn into ice. This disrupts the roadway above and causes it to crack or turn into a pothole. As heavy vehicles run over the area, they push down on the asphalt and disrupt the integrity of the pavement. Once a pothole is created, it will continue to worsen until it is addressed and repaired or until the affected part of the pavement is replaced.


Upkeep of streets is typically the responsibility of a city or a state, which means repairing potholes is also the responsibility of the city or state. If the pothole is not repaired in time, it can lead to accidents and cause potential injuries to drivers and passengers, and may also cause vehicle damage. Depending on the size of the pothole and the speed at which the vehicle strikes the damage can be extensive and the occupants can suffer serious car accident injuries.


Some people who get injured in pothole accidents blame it on luck and think that there is no one who can be held responsible for their damages. However, in most cases, the city or other legal entities may bear liability for any financial damage caused by the pothole accident, and those entities can be made to compensate those losses. However, this may not be easy considering the fact that getting authorities to pay compensation can be a challenge as they have huge resources at their disposal.


Potholes accidents may not be life threatening, but they can still cause serious injuries and extensive vehicle damage. The injured driver or passenger may require treatment for the injuries and pay bills for hospital stay, doctor visits, medication, and physical therapy. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the victim may also have to take time off work, and this may further aggravate the financial crisis that the victim is in after suffering injuries.


If you have been injured in a pothole accident and are faced with medical expenses and repair bills, you should consult a qualified and experienced St. Louis Car Wreck Lawyer, who can help pursue a claim against relevant legal entities and get you the damages that you deserve. Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

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