The National Highways connecting different places in Assam are in a pathetic condition. Currently, the conditions of NH-15, NH-37 and NH-39 in Assam are such that due to increasing number of deep potholes on the highways, rainwater fills up the broken road in a manner that it becomes difficult to guess the exact depth of the broken roads.
While driver errors such as speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving are among the leading causes of accidents in the state, dangerous road conditions are also a significant contributor.
Dangerous road conditions may be the result of natural events, such as tropical rains and flooding, that make driving unsafe. Dangerous conditions can also arise from the poor physical condition of a road and its surroundings.
Various government agencies are responsible for maintaining roads and ensuring they are safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, including providing proper signage, lighting, pavement markings, signals and traffic control devices. The government has a duty to design, build and maintain safe roads.
If an accident occurs because of a hazardous road condition, the government agency responsible for maintaining the road may be liable.