Missing or Damaged Traffic Controls

While some drivers fail to follow traffic controls, accidents can also occur if a traffic control is missing or damaged. Some examples include:

  • If a traffic light is not functioning. Without a functioning light to control traffic, all drivers should stop at the intersection before proceeding. Many drivers do not stop, and this can result in an accident. A driver who does not stop could be at fault if there’s an accident.  
  • If a traffic control is missing or has been removed completely. If a driver does not know there’s a missing traffic control, an accident could occur. In this case, the municipality where the accident happened may be liable.

Preventing an Accident

Not every accident can be prevented, but there are several things a driver can do to avoid the possibility of an accident. Some prevention tips include:

  • Slowing down when approaching an intersection
  • Following the speed limit and not speeding
  • Not rushing through a yellow light and stopping before the light turns red
  • Understanding what the various traffic controls mean and if you are uncertain, finding out before you proceed on your route

If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving a driver who has failed to follow a traffic control, consult with an experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyer. You may be entitled to receive compensation for any damages you suffer. An attorney will investigate the accident, gather evidence, protect your legal rights, and determine what type of settlement you may receive due to injury or loss.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.
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