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Are you familiar with stationary roadway hazards?

As a driver, you're conditioned to keep a watchful eye on other motorists. For example, you should be aware of anyone who is breaking the law, such as by speeding or texting while driving.

But have you given any thought to the many roadway hazards that could cause you trouble at some point? If you aren't familiar with these, an accident could pop up when you least expect it.

Here are some roadway hazards to think about:

  • Blind intersections, making it difficult for other drivers to see your vehicle
  • Construction equipment, such as tools that aren't moved completely off the roadway
  • Crosswalks
  • Concrete dividers and medians
  • Guard rails
  • Narrow roads that lack a proper shoulder

You may not believe you will ever run into one of these roadway hazards, but you never know what will happen as you make your way down the road. For example, you could find yourself confronted with a piece of equipment in your way, all with only a few seconds to decide what to do next.

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident resulting from a roadway hazard, you should call 911 and stay where you are. In addition to receiving immediate medical treatment, you want police to arrive at the scene so they can create a report detailing the cause.

Once you feel better about your health, learn more about the accident itself. You may come to find that the roadway hazard was the direct result of another party. In this case, it may be possible to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Smart Motorist, "Roadway Hazards," accessed Nov. 29, 2017

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