Poor roads damage vehicles. Ruined tires aren’t the only type of vehicle damage sustained on Atlanta’s bad roads. Damage caused by Atlanta’s bad roads may include the following.
Damaged Tires and Rims
Tires are the touchpoint between your vehicle and the roads of Atlanta. While tires are designed to resist heat, rough surfaces, and changes in road topography, they can only take so much. When tires fail, the rim that houses the tire may suffer damage, too.
A flat tire or tire blowout may result from:
- A pothole
- A rut in the road
- Extremely uneven paving
- Other road-related hazards
In the best-case scenario, you’ll only suffer a flat tire. You may need to patch or replace that tire, which can be costly. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists several tire types that may be especially expensive to replace, like all-terrain tires. A dented or otherwise damaged rim can be even costlier. In the worst case, sudden damage to your tire can cause an accident.
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A poor road may put excessive stress on your brakes. You may need to brake frequently to avoid potholes. You may press that left foot down every time you encounter confusing or nonexistent road signage. Eventually, your brakes may become dangerously worn or even fail – when they do, road conditions could be at least partly to blame.
Suspension Degradation and Failure
Your vehicle’s suspension is a crucial feature. A network of springs and shock absorbers, your suspension creates a smooth ride even when a road is in bad shape. At least, it creates as smooth a ride as possible.
When you hit a pothole, the suspension absorbs that impact. Over time, rough riding and sudden shocks can degrade your suspension. Individual components, like shock absorbers, will eventually wear out.
If your suspension is not in good working condition, your vehicle may be unstable and generally unsafe.
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A damaged road can lead directly to an accident. This can happen when:
- A damaged tire spins a vehicle out of control
- Components fail, causing a vehicle to stop suddenly, triggering a rear-end collision
- A driver must swerve to avoid serious damage in the road, striking another vehicle or object as a consequence
Those who’ve been in accidents know how costly they can be. Motorists may need serious repairs, or to replace their vehicle entirely.
Whatever type of damage your vehicle has sustained on Atlanta’s bad roads, you can take action. Hiring a personal injury lawyer may be your first step. A firm that handles property damage cases may be especially helpful.
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What Should You Do When You Suffer Damage on a Bad Atlanta Road?
If you’ve suffered damage on a poor road in Atlanta, a lawyer can help. By calling a law firm, you may:
- Explain your personal circumstances
- Determine whether you may have a case for compensation
- Begin the legal or insurance process with an attorney’s help
Your attorney may advise several important steps. They may have you photograph all damage to your vehicle. They may recommend you obtain an estimate for repairs and perhaps complete those repairs. They’ll have you share a copy of all repair-related bills.
Your lawyer may initiate the process of seeking compensation. In the meantime, you can resume life as usual. As you do, you may document all hardship that stems from your damaged vehicle – the cost of a rental car, time spent dealing with repairs, and other inconveniences.
Can I Take Legal Action for Vehicle Damage Caused By Poor Roads in Atlanta?
The International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications proved that bad roads cause significant vehicle repair costs. When you drive regularly on poor roads in Atlanta, you may need to:
- Repair your vehicle at unexpected times, which has direct and indirect costs (like missing work)
- Repair your vehicle more frequently
- Conduct more preventative maintenance than those who drive primarily on good roads
- Replace costly vehicle components, like tires and shock-absorbing springs
- Pay for an accident resulting from poor road conditions
Bad roads cost money, in Atlanta or elsewhere. You may be able to sue the city of Atlanta for road-related damage – whether your car has suffered over time or you’ve been in an accident.
Our firm will lead any necessary legal action. We’ll seek the financial recovery you are entitled to.
Our Firm Operates on a Contingency – Fee Basis
If you want legal help after an Atlanta road damaged your vehicle, know that with us, you don’t have to worry about whether you can afford our services. We take cases on contingency, meaning clients pay nothing up front or out of pocket. We pay for all case-related costs and receive a percentage of your settlement or court award if we are successful.
If we do not secure a financial award for you, we do not get paid. In this arrangement, there are no risks. You have enough going on right now; we don’t want you shelling out money to pay for hourly fees. We simply want to get you compensated for preventable vehicle damage.
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Bad roads take many forms. From potholes to dangerous road markings and half-completed paving, hazards exist throughout Atlanta. The city of Atlanta may be responsible for your losses. While obtaining coverage may not be easy, it may be worthwhile. Kaine Law does not back down from any defendant, even if it’s the City of Atlanta.
If you’ve suffered harm because of poor road conditions in Fulton County, our team can help. Call Kaine Law today at (404) 214-2001 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll explain the next steps in your case. You may deserve compensation, and we will be happy to help you fight for it.