Obscured traffic signs are an example of an obvious dangerous road condition.  This is another example of a hazard that more often goes unnoticed until it is too late.  If a sign posting a traffic command is not in 100% plain view, then motorists are not being provided every available chance to be safe. Under ideal conditions, a motorist needs only to adhere to the rules of the road, and hope that all other motorists do the same. However, improper signage puts everyone on the road at risk. For instance, if a stop sign is covered up by a nearby shrub, then the motorist who must come to a stop cannot follow the rule. Consequently, the motorist who is intersecting with the stop sign driver, a motorist who is simply minding his or her own business and following his or her own set of traffic laws, is now exposed to the risk of becoming part of a traffic collision. Similarly, signs that are placed in a location that obstructs a motorists view of oncoming traffic also exposes drivers to unnecessary risk.

If you feel as though you have been injured as the result of a dangerous road condition, including an obscured traffic sign or a roadway that has been obscured by a sign, then please contact us immediately.

Deborah Dunn is an Associate in Stark & Stark’s Marlton, New Jersey office, concentrating in Accident & Personal Injury Law. For more information, please contact Ms. Dunn.