Highways are dangerous enough as is with high speeds, multiple lanes, and impatient drivers recklessly weaving between cars. A Tennessee personal injury lawyer is very likely more aware than most that city municipalities are responsible for not only the construction of highways, but they are responsible for their maintenance as well. When these entities neglect their job or do not do them properly it can cause accidents to occur.
Poor design of the roadways can cause issues. If shoulders are too narrow there will not be room in the event of an emergency, or if they drop off severely tires can slip over the edge and cause swerving or, in more severe cases, roll over. If there is a lack of guardrails a swerving car or debris has the ability to fly into more traffic, a pedestrian area, or even over a drop off. Signs are necessary for drivers to know what is coming up ahead so they can react properly. If signs are not properly placed, covered by foliage, or not there at all then drivers will not be aware of a lane ending, sudden turn, guardrail damage, or other obstacle that requires special attention. All of these issues can pass unnoticed day to day but can be the direct cause of accidents.
City municipalities are also responsible for the maintenance of the roadways. Potholes are everywhere and normally pose no threat, but if they are hit at highway speeds they can cause a tire to blow out which can be devastating on a crowded highway. Divots and uneven pavement can pool with water when it rains which makes it easier for cars to hydroplane. Even just debris in the road can cause people to swerve and creates a dangerous situation. These are issues that are easily prevent with proper, regular maintenance of the roads.