A Two-Foot Pile
Q: On a rainy night, I was traveling downhill on a country road. My car failed to negotiate a curve to the right. Instead, it went straight, down into the gorge below. I had noticed no speed-limit sign.
The next morning, a friend went back. He saw a speed-limit sign, but there were tree branches across the front of it – touching the sign and laying across the front. My friend also saw a warning sign, depicting a curve, maybe a hundred feet ahead of where I plunged, but this sign was tipped over to the side.
My friend also saw that twenty feet downhill from where I went off the road, but not at it, the County had placed a guide rail. We have learned that the placing of the rail was without benefit of a study. There has never been any study concerning the safety conditions of the road. Where I went off, the County had put merely a two-foot pile of dirt. The County does not know who, if anyone, designed this dirt pile or decided to put it there.
A week before my accident, a vehicle had gone over that dirt pile. A month before my accident, a truck had crashed into the guide rail that was too far downhill to save me.
A: Despite the ample notice that this was a dangerous area, the County had failed to undertake a traffic study and failed to install and maintain sufficient speed-limit signs, warning signs and guide rails. You are well situated to argue that the County was negligent.
By: Scott Baron,
Attorney at Law Advertorial
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