Involved in a Defective Road Accident?
Can I file a lawsuit for my defective road accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a summary of a study in which the critical reasons for 2.2 million traffic crashes on U.S. roadways were investigated. The researchers determined that environmental factors were behind 52,000 accidents. In car accident cases caused by road defects, it is vital to obtain and preserve evidence early in the process. Crucial evidence could easily disappear if steps are not taken to preserve it. The conditions that caused your accident may be quickly remedied or altered, and documents or electronic evidence could be destroyed if you fail to act quickly. The evidence will depend on the type of road defect that caused your accident and the circumstances of your particular case. The following are some examples of common types of evidence in road defect injury claims:
- Pictures of the accident scene, taken immediately after the collision, or as soon as possible thereafter.
- Measurements taken after the accident to establish relevant facts, such as the length of a guardrail, the distance between a warning sign and the hazard it warns motorists about, the width of a narrow lane or the degree of a dangerous slope.
- Official weather reports showing conditions at the time of the accident.
- Blueprints showing the original design for the roadway.
- Government records of maintenance schedules and orders and any complaints previously filed.
- Road construction plans, schedules and orders if construction was a factor in the crash.
WHAT DO I DO IF I AM INVOLVED IN DEFECTIVE ROAD ACCIDENT?
Determining liability for traffic crashes and injuries caused by defective roads can be complicated. Under certain circumstances, government entities may be held responsible. In such cases, because of the protections provided to government agencies against liability for tort claims, specific rules and procedures must be followed within certain time limits. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident caused by a road defect to ensure that you do not give up your rights by failing to follow the correct procedures within the specified time frame. Parties other than government agencies may also be potentially liable for your injuries. Private companies hired by the government – such as engineers who may be responsible for faulty road design, contractors responsible for inferior construction or private companies that have provided inadequate maintenance – may be liable for your injuries.
CAN I GET COMPENSATION FOR MY DEFECTIVE ROAD ACCIDENT?
A personal injury lawyer can help you understand whether you have a claim and they will then help you to find out who you should bring your claim against. Your solicitor will ask you questions to find out more about what happened to you and to allow them to set out your claim clearly before sending it to the other party. Your solicitor will also advise you as to how much your claim might be worth – this will generally be dependent on the type and severity of your injury.
We know it can seem overwhelming to speak to a lawyer but getting the legal advice you need is the first step to getting the compensation you deserve.
DEFECTIVE ROAD ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Our firm has been helping people injured in car accidents through the negligence of others for decades. We are committed to helping you recover compensation for serious injuries you have suffered in a crash caused by dangerous road defects. The lawyers at Roxell Richards and Associates, have tried and settled many accident claims in Houston and other Texas locations. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to protect your rights and interests in a dangerous road accident claim.
Contact Roxell Richards today to discuss your case with our experienced Texas car accident attorneys. We have an established history of working hard for favorable results. Call (713) 974-0388 or 1-844 7-RIGHTS.