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Inadequate drainage leads to dangerous road conditions

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Car Accident

California is used to flooding after heavy rains. And, over the next decade, the state may continue to see wetter weather than it’s experienced in the past. 

While rain and snow help to relieve drought-stricken areas, the state’s infrastructure, especially its stormwater drainage systems, can’t handle significant amounts of rainwater.

Drains clogged with debris

A working drainage system is crucial for safe roads. Their purpose is to quickly drain excess water to keep roadways safe for drivers. However, often, drainage systems become blocked, or in some cases, the infrastructure needs to be fixed. 

Debris, such as leaves, branches, litter, and other waste materials, can accumulate in drains over time. Eventually, this buildup can create blockages that prevent water from flowing freely through the drainage system. Instead of moving the water away, the water begins to back up, eventually overflowing onto streets and properties. This leads to flooded roads and dangerous driving conditions.

Furthermore, it disrupts transportation in other ways, such as causing road closures and making it difficult for people to access essential services. Dangerous roads affect more than just drivers. Crosswalks can also become hazardous if roads become flooded.

California recognizes the implications of unsafe road conditions. California Government Code 835 states that the government can be liable for injuries if it knows of a dangerous condition on public property and doesn’t take reasonable steps to fix it. Therefore, the government may be held responsible for unsafe road conditions caused by inadequate drainage.

You may have grounds for a lawsuit if you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to flooded roads. You need to discuss your situation with someone who can review your case and determine if the government is responsible for your injuries. You may receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.