How Often Does Poor Street Lighting Lead to Auto Accidents?

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A poorly lit road can be a dangerous one. If you think that poor street lighting helped cause your accident, that is certainly a possibility. A Darlington County, South Carolina car accident lawyer can evaluate your case and tell you the best way to pursue compensation.

Can Poor Street Lighting Contribute to an Accident?

It may not be the main cause of an accident, but poor street lighting can certainly be a factor in one. Inadequate lighting can create a variety of safety issues:

Signs are hard to see: Street signs can warn you about a reduced speed limit, sharp curves, and other changing road conditions. You also need to be able to see stop and yield signs. If lighting is so poor that it is harder to identify street signs, then that is a major safety concern.

Crosswalks are not well-lit: A poorly lit crosswalk can be incredibly dangerous for pedestrians. If you are struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk, that driver needs to be held accountable, but the town, city, or municipality that did not prioritize pedestrian safety should also be held responsible.

Other drivers are more difficult to spot: If you cannot see other drivers easily, it can be more difficult to react to them. This can lead to a collision.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

If you do get into an accident, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and begin building your case. We suggest that you:

  • Call the police
  • Take pictures of the damage and the accident scene
  • Take pictures of any burnt-out fixtures, if that is the cause of the inadequate lighting
  • Get the medical attention that you need
  • Keep records of any expenses, like medical bills and repair estimates for your vehicle
  • Consider hiring an auto accident attorney

How Can an Auto Accident Attorney Assist Me?

An auto accident attorney from our firm can assist you at every step of the legal process. They can:

Hold all liable parties accountable: Your attorney can tell you who should be held responsible for your accident and help you build a case against them, even if the defendant is the town or city itself.

Gather evidence needed to make your case: Your lawyer can also gather evidence needed to make your case. They can talk to eyewitnesses, secure surveillance footage, and look to experts who can actually recreate the accident scene.

Handle all communications on your behalf: We can speak to insurance companies, other attorneys, and anyone else involved in your case so that you do not have to. Anytime you want an update on your case, we are just a phone call away.

Schedule a Consultation With Our Law Firm

If you are ready to learn more about your legal options, schedule a consultation with the James Law Office, LLC. The case evaluation is free, but the chance to learn about the potential value of your case and what an experienced auto accident lawyer can do for you may be invaluable.

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