Ferguson & Ferguson

Attorneys at Law

Thousands of Alabama drivers go to and from work each day and are often stuck in traffic jams on our overcrowded highways and roads. Unfortunately, in Decatur, Huntsville, and Birmingham, many of us are involved in highway truck accidents, traffic accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. Most Alabama car accidents are caused by driver negligence. Surprisingly, there is sometimes a third or fourth “suspect” in vehicle accidents – the government agency or contractor responsible for building, designing and maintaining the road that the accident occurred on. In such cases, the governmental entity or contractor responsible for maintaining or designing that roadway could be held liable. If you have been injured because of a defective or dangerous road or highway, you should contact attorney Randy W. Ferguson. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS to all injury clients. We also have a LOWEST FEE GUARANTEE. Home and hospital visits are available if you are unable to come to our Huntsville or Decatur office. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We are here to help.

A fair number of Alabama accidents occur on defective and dangerous roads. Some crashes are caused by a hazardous condition on a roadway or a dangerously designed roadway. In such cases, the municipality or governmental entity responsible for maintaining or designing that roadway could be held liable. Holding a governing body liable for a dangerous roadway is not easy and it often requires the help and guidance of a skilled Huntsville, Alabama personal injury attorney. A dangerous road can result from faulty design, faulty construction, faulty maintenance, or faulty adaptation to changing conditions. Your dangerous roads attorney should assess whether any or all of these problems may have contributed to an accident that may have resulted in injuries to you or a loved one

What Damages Can I Recover?

You may be able to recover compensation for the injuries you suffered in the wreck. Damages may include:

  • Ambulance bills
  • Emergency room costs
  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent Injuries
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Long-term care, if the injuries are catastrophic in nature
  • disfigurement
  • Property damage

Dangerous Road Statistics

Over 25,000 of the 42,643 people killed on our nation’s highways in 2003 died when their vehicles left their lane and crashed. Sometimes these accidents involved vehicles crossing the center line and crashing. Other times they involved crossing into the shoulder and rolling over, dropping down a slope or cliff, or colliding with objects such as ditches, trees, poles, walls or abutments. While such accidents may have many causes, one danger often overlooked by lawyers is some problem with road design or maintenance, or what is commonly known as a dangerous road.

We all have the right to drive on roads which are safely designed, properly constructed, and adequately maintained. Unfortunately, many governmental entities such as the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT), the County of Madison, the County of Morgan, Jefferson County, Cullman County, the City of Huntsville, the City of Birmingham, etc. do not always live up to their duty to remedy road defects and repair dangerous conditions on highways and streets.

Alabama Road Hazards

We represent clients in Decatur and Huntsville accidents arising out of dangerous and defective roadways and highways, including the following hazards:

  • Inadequate guardrails or lack of guardrails
  • Trees or vegetation blocking views or signs
  • Defective traffic lights
  • Inadequate road lighting
  • Improper signage
  • Road construction hazards
  • Lack of or inappropriate warning of road work
  • Bridge defects and bridge collapse
  • Insufficient median
  • Lack of shoulder
  • Dangerous intersections
  • Dangerous potholes, drop-offs
  • Failure to maintain roads or highways
  • Inadequate lane width, blind corners, and improper grading
  • No crosswalks or improperly marked or visible crosswalks
  • Other road design defects
  • No bike lanes
  • Cracked and/or broken roads
  • Hazardous debris
  • Obstructed traffic signs and signals
  • Slippery road services
  • Poorly marked construction zones
  • Improperly paved roads
  • Poor road design
  • Blind corners
  • Unmarked curves
  • Defective design
  • Icy and other weather-damaged roads

How to Fix Dangerous Roadways

There are several ways transportation officials can improve road conditions to save lives and reduce injuries:

  • Replace non-forgiving poles with breakaway poles
  • Using brighter and more durable pavement markings
  • Adding rumble strips to shoulders
  • More guardrails or safety barriers
  • Installing better signs with easier-to-read letters
  • Adding or widening shoulders
  • Improving roadway alignment
  • Replacing or widening narrow bridges
  • Reducing pavement edges and abrupt drop offs
  • Clearing more space adjacent to roadways.

Why Hire Ferguson & Ferguson

If you have been injured in Decatur or Huntsville, Alabama, or a loved one has been killed on a defective or dangerous road or highway, call 800-752-1998 or 256-534-3435 or by e-mail today for a free consultation, and learn how we can put our accident litigation experience to work for you. If you were injured as a result of dangerous highway or defect in a public roadway, you must file a claim within six months of your injury or you may lose your right to recover damages for you losses. The consultation is free and you never pay us anything unless you recover. We put the fair back in the fight. Call Now. We are here to help.

Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Suite 321
Huntsville, AL 35801

Decatur Office Location:
401 Lee Street, Suite 607A
Decatur, AL 35601

Our automobile accident attorneys serve every city and town in the State of Alabama.