In Houston, engineers have been reviewing the Houston area roads and water lines to make sure that they are a help and not harmful to residents. Unfortunately, what engineers have discovered has been far from encouraging. Many roads and water lines are barely gaining approval based on a grading system that was developed for them. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently assessed the structural and economic viability of roads, transit, and water facilities. According to
The Houston Chronicle the drinking water systems in the city received a D and the roads and highways received a D+ on the safety scale. Railway systems received a C+ for safety, and the bridges received a C- concerning flood dangers. These poor grades show that there are a lot of dangers in driving in Houston, and an accident isn’t always the driver’s fault.
Most cities received B’s and C’s regarding roadway construction, but D’s are not common and should be a serious concern. The chairman of the engineering society committee says that Houston needs to devote more time and attention to improving roads and drinking systems. In February of 2011, a large tow truck fell into the road where the asphalt had corroded and created a hidden sinkhole. The accident didn’t result in any deaths, but may have if the situation had been different and a vehicle had been driving at a higher speed. If you are injured in a car accident or a single-vehicle accident and believe that the road is to blame, your complaint may be legitimate. In fact, if you can prove your case, you may have the right to sue the city for poor maintenance of the roads. Many people have won large settlements this way in
public transportation accidents and
wrongful death suits. Talk to a Houston auto accident injury attorney at the Wyly Law Firm today!