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Accidents and Injuries Caused by Bad Road Conditions

a badly damaged road that may cause an accidentPoorly-maintained roads cause half of the fatal auto accidents that happen each year in the United States.

An 18-month study conducted by The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation examined information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other government agencies and concluded that road problems like potholes and iced-over stretches of highway cause more than 42,000 deaths a year.

Have you been involved in an accident due to bad roads?

If so, the auto accident lawyers at Greg Coleman Law want to speak with you. Our firm is prepared to fight for the maximum amount of compensation available to the victims of poor road conditions and can help to explain your legal option.

To find out how we can help, fill out the free case evaluation form or call us today at 865-247-0080.

Causes & Effects of Bad Roads

Poor driving surfaces are often caused by a combination of seasonal and traffic conditions. In Tennessee, we experience intense seasonal shifts. These changes in weather can cause hazards like slippery surfaces caused by rain and ice and oil spots caused by our vehicles. Construction zones with uneven pavement are also a major cause of accidents.

How Accidents are Caused

Poorly maintained roadways cause accidents in a variety of ways, mostly due to the fact that they create an enormous hazard to drivers. In many instances, a driver may attempt to avoid a certain situation, like a pothole or pooling water which could cause a serious accident.

Some hazards include:

  • Clear zone issues
  • Confusing signage
  • Inadequate signage
  • Sudden driver maneuvers

Types of Bad Road Conditions

There are several types of bad driving situations which exist throughout the state of Tennessee, including:

  • Potholes: Severe accidents can occur when blacktop or asphalt are missing in large chunks from the road.
  • Ice patches: Ice patches can form even without rain or snow. They typically form in isolated areas on the road.
  • Shoulder drop-off: A drop-off region can present a serious danger to drivers.
  • Oil and chip: These are temporary fixes on roads before they are resurfaced. Oil and chip areas can become slippery when left for extended periods of time.
  • Construction work zones: Lanes shift and uneven roads are some of the issues involved in construction areas.
  • Slick roads: Slippery surfaces cause hydroplaning to occur

Bad Roads in Knoxville

The following roadways in Knox County are undergoing construction and could cause delays; be aware of changing traffic patterns, the presence of workers, and debris on the road:

  • Henley Bridge over Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville
    (US 441/SR 33)
  • Neyland Drive (SR 158) approaching the Henley Bridge (overhead bridge work)
  • Oak Ridge Highway/Western Avenue (SR 62) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road and:
    • S. Hinton Road between Western Avenue and Third Creek Rd.
    • Jimmy Carter Rd. at Western Avenue
    • Beaver Ridge Rd. at Western Avenue 
    • A short section of Ball Camp Pike between Western Avenue and Goldenrod Street
    • Short Road at Western Avenue: Use Nickel Road to access Short Rd. from SR 62.
    • Woodsmith Rd. at SR 62
  • Alcoa Highway (US 129/SR 115) at Maloney Rd.
  • Emory Rd. (SR 131) between Gill Rd. and Clinton Highway
  • Maynardville Highway (SR 33) between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line

Filing a Lawsuit for Bad Road Accidents in Tennessee

At the law offices of Greg Coleman Law, our lawyers believe that anyone injured by poor roads may be entitled to file a lawsuit in Tennessee.

For free legal advice and help filing your claim today, contact us by filling out the free and confidential form on the right side of this page, or call us at (865) 247-0080.

We're here to help and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery for your claim.


Greg Coleman Law PC
Auto Accident Law Firm

First Tennessee Plaza, 800 S. Gay Street, Suite 1100
Knoxville, TN 37929

Call Us Today: (865) 247-0080
Fax #: 865-522-0049

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