One of the more significant road defects is one that does not even occur on the surface of the road. Road signs play an important role in safe driving because they warn drivers of speed limits, road irregularities, one way streets, and more.When these signs are missing, drivers may be left without vital information that can quickly make a car trip turn dangerous. Missing road signs may cause a driver to be unaware of impending road defects or may cause him or her to break the speed limit, putting fellow motorists in danger.Typically, the local government is responsible for ensuring that proper road signage is in place. This includes permanent signs, such as speed limit signs, destinations, and other information that will not change in the foreseeable future, as well as temporary signs. These may include signs about construction, damaged guard rails, or other things that will soon be resolved.The reason why road signs are important is because they allow drivers to plan ahead while they are driving. Vision on a road can be limited, so knowing beforehand what conditions lie ahead can help a driver prepare for dangerous conditions.When road signs are missing and drivers and their passengers suffer injuries as a result, they may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. These individuals will have to file personal injury lawsuits against the responsible local government.This can be a difficult task, especially since governmental entities can be difficult opponents in court. As such, individuals should employ experienced personal injury lawyers to help them fight their cases.If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an accident resulting from missing road signs, discuss your legal rights and options with the Atlanta road defects attorneys of Webb, Wade, Taylor & Thompson, LLC today.