Can Unsecured Loads Cause Car Accidents?
Aug 10, 2017 by Brown Moore Law
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There is a buffer zone on either side of a North Carolina highway in which utility poles and other safety hazards are not allowed or are strictly regulated because of the potential danger to motorists. This zone is called a “clear recovery area” and is regulated by the State Department of Transportation. There are also restrictions on roadside parking and wide loads for similar traffic safety reasons.
If you were injured in a car accident because of unauthorized obstacles in the “clear recovery area” or otherwise injured in a roadside collision, contact us today to discuss your possible legal remedies in a free consultation. The Charlotte personal injury lawyers of Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, have experience with significant claims in this specialized area of traffic accident litigation.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recognizes a clear recovery area (CRA) extending beyond the shoulder and the berm of public roadways. Utility companies and businesses must obtain permission from the DOT to place utility poles, light posts, telephone poles, signage, culverts, fences and other permanent obstructions in the right of way. The width of the CRA is specific to traffic levels, the design speed and curvature of the roadway, among other factors. The DOT does not prohibit poles but regulates their placement to minimize the public safety risk.
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Brown, Moore & Associates handles motor vehicle accidents in Charlotte, Monroe, Gastonia, Shelby, Concord, Kannapolis, Mooresville and surrounding communities of North Carolina. We invite you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary initial consultation. To make an appointment, call toll free 844-452-3688 or send us an e-mail.