liability for hazards on a public roadway

Published: February 11, 2021

Under Utah law, a contractor is liable for any hazards it creates on a public roadway if it fails to adequately warn the public of the hazard. When a contractor creates a hazard on a public roadway, “it becomes his duty to place suitable barricades or warning signs and in the nighttime to properly place lights to warn the traveling public of the presence of the hazard.”  Hansen v. Clyde, 89 Utah 31, 36, 56 P.2d 1366 (Utah 1936) (emphasis added); United Fire Group v. Staker & Parson Cos., 2014 UT App. 170, P14, 332 P.3d 394, 395 (Ct. App. 2014) (same); Lindsay v. Gibbons & Reed, 27 Utah 2d 419, 422, 497 P.2d 28 (Utah 1972) (same); Jeffs ex rel. B.R. v. West, 2012 UT 11, ¶ 21, 275 P.3d 228 (Utah 2012) (“As a general rule, we all have a duty to exercise care when engaging in affirmative conduct that creates a risk of physical harm to others”). 

If you have been injured in an accident on a roadway, call Shane immediately. He has extensive experience handling cases involving injuries on public roadways. He has achieved significant results on behalf of Utah clients who have been injured as a result of hazards on public roadways in Utah.

To talk with Shane about your public roadway case, call or text 385-429-9960 or e-mail at s@gosdis.lawyer.

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