The government agencies responsible for road engineering, construction and maintenance owe a duty to drivers to ensure our streets aren’t unreasonably dangerous. That means designing and constructing roads and highways according to accepted industry standards and using good judgment in road maintenance necessary to keep these surfaces safe.
One roadway design hazard that has been identified as cropping up in a number of fatal auto accidents in recent years is pavement drop-off, also known as shoulder edge drop-off. This is a road condition whereby there is uneven pavement or significant elevation change either from one travel lane to another or between a travel lane and an adjacent shoulder.
It’s a condition that is known to be dangerous to all vehicles, but to motorcycles especially, as well as compact vehicles and those pulling trailers. Continue reading