Q A Road Defect Caused My Accident. Do I Have a Case?
Some car accidents are not caused by another driver’s negligence but by poorly maintained roads. Certain streets and highways are inherently dangerous. One common example is the failure of a community to erect a stop or yield sign at an intersection that's already been the site of many accidents.
A municipality or county/state government has a duty to keep its streets and highways reasonably safe. Essentially, if the city is made aware of a hazardous road situation and does nothing about it, then it may be liable for accidents caused by that road’s unsafe condition.
So yes, if a road defect caused your accident, it is possible to get legal recourse.
Winning such an action, however, can be complex and time-consuming. Your attorney may have to prove that several accidents similar to yours occurred at that intersection, and that the community failed to investigate why so many collisions occurred there. Then a judge will have the discretion of deciding which of these accidents can be admitted as evidence supporting your case.
Your attorney’s skills and experience in litigating a road defect case will be critical to your success. Our attorneys are here to help, and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.