Pothole and roadwork season is upon us in Pennsylvania! After a long winter of cold, icy and wet conditions, plowing and weather treatment many roads in PA are in need of some touch ups. But what happens when a roadway defect – pothole or otherwise – causes you or your loved one harm after an accident?
Accidents caused by a negligent driver are certainly more common, however when roadways are not designed safely or are ill-maintained, the results could be catastrophic. These types of accidents, because of the entities responsible for road design, safety and upkeep, can become complicated, especially when determining liability.
Liability can fall on a number of parties, including but not limited to towns, cities, counties and states. Because these entities are responsible for upkeep and safety on public roadways they could be responsible for any compensation you are owed as a result of your injuries. Filing claims against public entities requires experienced, aggressive, and excellent attorneys to ensure that all proper procedures are followed, maximizing the amount of compensation you could be entitled to. Thorough investigations will need to be conducted to determine how long the hazard existed and if the responsible party had adequate time to fix it.
Common Roadway Defects
Potential roadway hazards that can cause accidents include:
- Poor or confusing signage
- Uneven pavement
- Drop-offs on the edge of the road
- Defective road surfacing
- Construction machinery or signage in the road
- Missing or damaged guardrails
- Improper speed limit postings
- Corroded steel that holds signs, conduit, lights and other traffic, bridge and tunnel items in place.
As with any accident, it is important to document as much of the factors leading up to, during and after the accident as possible. Pictures of the car, the road, the hazard that caused the accident are all items that need to be documented as soon after an accident as possible. Writing down any statements of people who saw the accident is also very important – and be sure to get their contact information, if able. Lastly, showing the law enforcement that arrive to the scene the hazard on the road that caused your accident is imperative.
Injured in a Roadway Defect Accident?
If your accident was the result of a defective roadway and it caused you or your loved one injury or death, we can help recover the compensation you deserve. Call 1-800-444-5309 now for a free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.