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Driver negligence may be a common cause of auto accidents, but it is not the only cause. A roadway defect, such as those in poor repair or of improper design, can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle or otherwise increase the risk of a collision. In the event that road defects cause a car accident, the government entity responsible for the design and/or maintenance of that road may be held responsible for the accident and any resulting injuries. This, however, complicates matters in regard to taking legal action.
Defective roadway lawsuits are usually more complex than other car accident lawsuits. Because roadways are typically the responsibility of government entities (federal, state, county and city agencies/departments), legal action is subject to different procedures. Additionally, multiple parties may be at-fault.
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by poor design or roadway condition, you may be able to hold the entity responsible for the road accountable for your losses. For more information about your legal rights and options, contact the roadway defect lawyers at the Pisanchyn Law Firm at 1-800-444-5309.
COMMON ROADWAY DEFECTS
Determining whether a road hazard is a defect rather than just another bump in the road can be difficult. While it is best to discuss the specifics of your accident with an experienced attorney, there are some common identifiable defects that may help you decide whether you should consider legal action. These include, but are not limited to:
- Shoulder drop offs
- Poor design
- Debris that has not been removed in a timely manner
- Excessive gravel and/or oil
- Malfunctioning or inadequate warning signals or signs
- Insufficient or inadequate notification of changes in the shoulder
- Failure to post warning signals or signs
- Poorly established construction zones
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Insufficient or inadequate notification of impending conditions
- Defective or lack of street lights
- Inadequate highway division, edge lines, or line striping
- Dangerous intersections
- Bridges or Tunnel defects
PROPERLY INVESTIGATING ROADWAY DEFECTS
The cause of a traffic accident is not always clear. A collision may seem like it is caused by driver error when it may have been caused by a road defect. For this reason, it is important to have experienced legal representation who knows where to look for evidence of defects. For example, in the case of an accident where the defect is not obvious, conflicting statements by other drivers, passengers and/or witnesses may identify the accident-causing defect. If a traffic light malfunctions, there will likely be contradictory statements as to whether the light was red or green.
HISTORY OF CRASHES
Defective roadways typically have a history of crashes, whether they are caused by the same defect responsible for your accident or a pattern of similar defects throughout the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. Such evidence may lead to multiple lawsuits. An experienced lawyer knows how to find evidence establishing a pattern of behavior to prove that the responsible entity was negligent in their duty to maintain the roadway.
OUR PENNSYLVANIA ROADWAY DEFECT LAWYERS CAN HELP
Our experienced accident attorneys will gather the evidence and use our expertise to help you get compensation from whomever is responsible for your roadway hazard caused collision.
Whether elevated speed limits, defects in construction, dangerous potholes, or improperly placed and/or parked construction equipment and vehicles caused your accident or made it worse, Please, call our roadway defect attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation.
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What To Do After an Accident
Call the police
A police report is a necessary document for any personal injury claim arising from an auto accident. This will not only contain information regarding how the accident occurred and whether injuries were sustained, but also witness information that may be valuable in future litigation. If for some reason you do not call the police immediately, there is a form you can complete to file an accident report after it occurs, which can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles site: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/aa-600.pdf
Seek medical treatment
If you sustained an injury in the accident, even if you are not sure whether it is serious, you should seek immediate medical treatment and truthfully describe your symptoms to the person who treats you. They may take X-Rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic tests to determine whether you need treatment. It is common to receive a “sprain and strain” diagnosis, which the emergency room physicians may say should improve with rest and over the counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen. Hopefully, you will improve. However, if you continue to have problems after the initial visit, you should consider following up with your regular doctor or a specialist to see if the injury is more severe than the original diagnosis would indicate.
Detail the accident
After a crash, you may have a vivid recollection of exactly what happened, or you may not recall the events. Since memories may fade over time, it is helpful to draw the road or intersection where the accident occurred, including the position of the vehicles and any traffic lights or signs. If you recall what speed you were traveling, whether you saw the other driver on a cell phone, or anything else that you think may be important, writing it down can help refresh your recollection later on.
Call your insurance agent
Your car insurance will likely cover your initial medical bills, up to your coverage limit. You may also have wage loss and property damage coverage. It is important to contact your insurance company to open the claim and provide them with whatever information they need.
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