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Highway Safety

Accidents are not only caused by driver negligence.  Sometimes the roadways are unsafe. Governmental entities collect billions of dollars in taxes that are used to create and maintain of our nation’s roadways.   Highway safety and design standards vary from state to state. However, the basic duty to provide drivers with access to reasonably safe roads applies throughout the country. To fulfill this duty, states must eliminate hazards and other dangerous conditions that pose a threat to the lives of drivers.    For example, constructing sufficient guardrails and median barriers, maintaining clear zones on the shoulders of highways, warning of hazardous conditions by placing warning signs in the appropriate locations, and clearly defining crosswalks for pedestrians.

Highway Safety cases fall into three overarching categories. First, the road may simply be inadequate upon its construction. An example would be a road immediately bordered with trees or utility poles. Second, due to changes in design standards, a road may fall drastically below the current requirements for roadway safety. Third, the state has a duty to monitor and respond to conditions that did not exist at the time of the road’s construction. Examples may include significantly increased traffic volume, a new school requiring kids to cross a busy intersection, or a steady pattern of accidents in a particular location.

Government entities retain the duty to provide motorists with access to, and maintenance of, reasonably safe roads.

In order to fulfill its duty to provide reasonably safe roads, both in design and in operation, government entities must adhere to the appropriate standard of care.

The attorneys at SKW employ top engineering, safety and human factor’s experts in the field when handling these types of cases.  We are committed to bringing justice to victims injured in preventable accidents caused by the state’s substandard level of care in maintaining and constructing its roads. We are invested in holding governmental agencies accountable for their negligence and reducing the number of victims seriously injured on the roads.  As the result of our work, not only have victims received justice, but governmental entities have made roadways safer for the general public.

Hipps v. Grays Harbor County

(1986) $1,150,000 settlement for defect in roadway design and maintenance.  Resulted in traumatic brain injury.

Van Lear v. State of Washington, et al.

Keith and Lisa Van Lear were severely and permanently injured at the intersection of State Route 2 and Flint Road near the Spokane Airport, the site of several crashes over the years. The State’s overarching duty is to provide the travelling public with a reasonably safe road.  The State of Washington also has a duty… Read More

Lan Remme v. City of Seattle and State of Washington

After years of work and dedication, SKW’s team of bicycle accident attorneys secured a significant settlement for Lan Remme. Lan brought suit against the City of Seattle and the State of Washington for their failure to maintain the Montlake Bridge sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition. One sidewalk panel had been allowed to sink two… Read More

Glantz v. City of Lynnwood

“You may trod me in the dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou. Sharla Glantz was a senior citizen, living in senior housing in Lynwood Washington. When the housing facility was built, a lighted crosswalk warning system was required to be installed by the City.  The crosswalk system warned motorist that the… Read More

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