Roadway Defects Accidents California
Sometimes several circumstances combine to cause a car collision, but only one of them is the other party’s negligence. A car either runs off the road, rolls over, or collides with a stationary object in 20% of all fatal car accidents.
The severity and depth of the victim’s injuries are typically the results of a structural flaw in the roadway. However, many lawyers fail to consider that some of these incidents are caused by bad road conditions.
Choosing A Roadway Defects Accident Lawyer
Sometimes an automobile accident’s cause is not as evident as it first appears. Whenever an automobile accident results in a significant injury, the incident must be thoroughly investigated. Often, poor road maintenance or the design of the road itself is at fault. It is essential to find out about this so that future incidents can be avoided and victims can hold government entities accountable.
Not all personal injury lawyers possess the knowledge required to pursue public entity claims, which are lawsuits against governmental bodies. Call 800-333-0000 for a FREE case evaluation with our legal team.
Possible Types Of Dangerous Road Conditions
The following are only a few examples of the unsafe road conditions that the government may be accountable for:
- Failure to maintain roadways may be found where the government failed to fill potholes.
- Failure to adapt may be found where roadways are not changed or updated with time.
- Defective design is found in hazardous curves/slopes and dips in the road layout.
Legal Guidelines for Public Entity Liability
The design of the road itself, including signage, potential blind spots, and any pavement or shoulder faults, should be considered whenever a motor vehicle accident occurs. If any injuries or other damages resulting from the accident, the governmental agency in charge of constructing and maintaining the road where it happened may be held accountable.
Road defect-related public responsibility cases are exceedingly complicated. Suing a person or an insurance provider differs considerably from suing a government organization. Several stringent standards must be met, including a strict six-month deadline for filing your claim.
Our lawyers have decades of experience with complex cases and are ready to assist. We concentrate on handling severe injury cases, investing a lot of resources to provide our clients with the required outcomes.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we focus on winning our clients’ compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and more. We also focus on ensuring they have the answers and support they need to move forward.
How To Prove Negligence
Our skilled Southern California personal injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your vehicle accident and identify who was at fault.
We don’t just go after the obvious defendant – the at-fault motorist. If your case was caused entirely or substantially by a poor road condition, our lawyers will make all necessary efforts to ensure that all potentially liable parties are held accountable.
Roadway Defects Accident Q&A
If you were involved in a car accident caused by a dangerous road condition, consider the following questions as you negotiate the complexity of your case. As always, the summary below is provided just for informative purposes. Hiring a lawyer is vital to ensure that your rights are adequately protected.
Who is to blame for poor road conditions and, as a result, medical expenditures incurred as a result of Your Injuries?
Highway and roadway maintenance in California is the responsibility of the city or state government. Despite the government’s numerous legal safeguards, the Federal Tort Claims Act allows citizens to sue the government for unsafe roads in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
What Should You Do If the Government Doesn’t Respond to Your Claim?
If you do not receive a denial letter, you have two (2) years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit to court.
As a result, it is usually better to be cautious and file your case within one month of the date of your injury.
Furthermore, the government demands that a claim against a public or government institution have specified information or be presented in a certain way. As a result, you must consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after your injury occurs.
How Is The Governments’ Responsibility Determined?
The government is in charge of identifying and fixing dangerous road hazards. The law, however, allows the government a reasonable time to detect and rectify such flaws.
As a result, a victim must demonstrate that the government was the responsible party and that it was made aware of harmful conditions before the accident and had reasonable time to correct dangerous situations.
In a defective road design lawsuit, for example, we will assist you in establishing that the period of the last road survey provided adequate warning of a dangerous road condition.
This process necessitates knowledge and experience in investigating and getting the essential information regarding previous surveys, reports, policies, and processes, which is very hard for a person who has never dealt with a government entity in the past.
Why are Dangerous Road Condition Cases So Difficult?
Dangerous road lawsuits are difficult and costly to resolve. As a result, your lawyer must act quickly: investigate the route where the accident occurred, secure the vehicle involved to preserve evidence, and get topographical maps and any records generated by any authorities, government or private, as a result of the event. As Plaintiff’s expert witnesses, road construction and auto vehicle design engineers may be engaged and retained.
What Kinds of Losses Can the Victim Recover?
Injuries from hazardous traffic accidents can have terrible personal and financial consequences. We may be able to assist you in recovering the value of your property, the cost of past and future medical costs, the loss of past and future wages, the impairment of earning ability, and other actual expenditures resulting from the accident.
We can also assist you in recovering from existing and future pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, lower quality of life, and any other available recovery. Call us at 800-333-0000 or fill out the contact form today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to see what we can do for you.
How Are Accidents Caused By Roadway Defects?
Looking at the California Office of Traffic Safety data, we can see how many fatalities (3,606) and serious injuries (16,404) occurred due to automobile accidents in the state during the most recent reporting year. We don’t know how many of these accidents were caused by road faults. We thoroughly investigate when a driver comes to us and claims that their automobile accident was caused by a flaw in the roadway or the surrounding environment. The following are some of the most common examples of roadway defects:
- Utility poles, landscaping, or signs that obstruct a driver’s view.
- Poorly designed entry and exit ramps on highways.
- Stop signs, yield signs, or other road signs obscured by obstacles.
- Defective traffic signals.
- No speed limit signs or other warning signs posted.
- Inadequate shoulders on the roadway or highway.
- Improperly graded roads.
- Debris that is not promptly removed from the roadway.
- Incomplete construction or construction without warning signs.
- Potholes that have not been repaired.
Frequent Injuries Due To Road Construction Defect Accidents
Numerous injuries may occur due to roadway defect accidents; such injuries are as follows:
- Head Trauma – Including Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spine Cord Injury
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries, Including a Herniated Disk
- Broke Limbs
- Amputations of the Limbs
- Permanent Scarring
- Chronic Injuries
Suppose you have been a victim of an automobile accident. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation for hospitalization, doctor visits, pharmaceutical costs, lost pay due to inability to work, future lost wages, pain and suffering, future medical expenditures, and mental anguish.
Why Should You Hire A Los Angeles Defective Road Accident Lawyer?
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our tenacious and aggressive Southern California car injury lawyers will not stop fighting until you have been completely paid for your injuries and vindicated for your loss. To safeguard your rights, we will go to trial and take on multimillion-dollar construction firms, state and city governments, Caltrans, and their insurance carriers. How we can assist: We will handle every legal detail and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your loss; in the meantime, you may focus on the essential aspect of this process: your recovery.
We Can Evaluate Your Case For Free
Wondering if you have a strong case for compensation following an accident? The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to take your call or online case submission through the day and on the weekends. We provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation to go over the facts of your case and help you understand your rights and options under the law.
Take the first step towards full and fair compensation for your injuries now by calling 800-333-0000.