Poor Roadway Design Leads to Deadly Automotive Accident

road floodThis case takes place in Tennessee and involves a motor vehicle accident causing a fatality. The decedent was driving with her friend in an area that was described to be swampy, and, when there is snowfall or rain, this particular section of the road floods. The road was not closed at this time, and when she drove on the road, the car hydroplaned and flipped over into the swamp upside-down. The friend survived the crash. The plaintiff alleges there is a drainage issue on the road and the town and state failed to keep it safe, whether it be elevating the road, properly sanding/salting the road or removing ice and snow.


Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have experience designing roads in areas with severe weather conditions?
  • 2. How do you ensure that the design is safe for drivers?

Expert Witness Response E-007606

I have had multiple cases that involve drainage issues and roadway design. With this case, since there is a history of flooding, the issue should have been addressed. I specialize in both the areas of drainage and road design.


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